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Tigers' Michael Fulmer using brace as training tool on repaired right knee

Tigers' Michael Fulmer using brace as training tool on repaired right knee
Published On: Mon, Feb 11
May 31, 2018; Detroit, MI, USA; DDetroit Tigers third baseman Ronny Rodriguez (60) and shortstop Dixon Machado (49) celebrate after defeating the Los Angeles Angels at Comerica Park. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

It looks worse than it is.

Michael Fulmer, coming off his second surgery on his right meniscus in five years, is wearing a big, black brace on his troublesome knee as he goes through his daily regimen here at TigerTown. For now, hea€™s wearing itA even during his bullpen sessions.

AsA he told MLB.com last week, everything is just trial and error right now.

a€œJust to see if it'll help," he said . "It may be one of those things where I try it through spring training just to make sure everything's 100 percent and then see how I like it."

According to Tigers head athletic trainer Doug Teter, the brace serves two purposes. Obviously, it helps stabilize the knee a€”A ita€™s on his drive leg a€”A during his powerful delivery.

But it also prevents Fulmer from activating his heel in the delivery. When the heel is engaged, thata€™s when the knee gets stressed.

"Obviously it's not going to let me bend the way I used to, so I'm trying to make some adjustments there," Fulmer told MLB.com. "But it's all good adjustments, like I need to make with the brace or without the brace. I think it's kind of like a training tool to make sure my knee doesn't bend the way it has been, especially last year."

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