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Tigers call up pitcher Michael Fulmer; debut could come Friday

DETROIT -- Tigers fans won't have to wait too long to see the organization's top prospect in action.

Michael Fulmer, 23, will be recalled from Triple-A Toledo, according to manager Brad Ausmus, presumably to make his major league debut on Friday.

"He's got stuff for sure," Ausmus said. "He throws 95, he's got a wipeout slider, but the big leagues is a little different. Guys have seen stuff like that before. You do have to locate your pitches but it certainly doesn't hurt to have that type of stuff in your arsenal."

If Fulmer starts Friday, he would be making the start in place of injured starter Shane Greene, who left his last outing with a blister on his middle finger.

Fulmer was acquired last season in the trade that sent star outfielder Yoenis Cespedes to the New York Mets.

Fulmer is ranked as the club's top prospect and is also recognized by talent evaluators as one of the best young arms in baseball.

ESPN senior writer Keith Law ranked Fulmer as the 48th overall prospect.

Tigers ace Justin Verlander said he really enjoyed watching Fulmer pitch in spring training.

"I loved his mentality on the mound," Verlander said. "You know, he's not scared. And I love his stuff. He attacks guys and I think he has the chance to be an excellent pitcher at the big league level."

Other options available to the Tigers for Friday's start were Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris, though Norris just recently completed his rehab assignment and would be pitching on short rest.