Casey Paul Fossum was born on January 6, 1978 in Cherry Hill, New Jersey. He is a relief pitcher for the Detroit Tigers.
He bats and throws left-handed.
High SchoolCasey attended Midway High School in Waco, Texas.
CollegeCaey attended Texas A&M University, and led the Aggies to the 1999 College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Minor LeaguesCasey was selected by the Boston Red Sox in the 1999 June draft as the third pick in the first round (48th overall).
Major LeaguesCasey made his major league debut on July 29, 2001 for the Boston Red Sox.
Casey was a reliever for the Red Sox for most of his three-year career there, with a couple of starts.
He was traded to the Arizona Diamondbacks for Curt Schilling.
In 2004, and for the first time in his career, Casey was used exclusively as a starter. He finished third on the Diamondbacks staff in starts (27), innings pitched (142) and strikeouts (117), despite missing the first 5½ weeks to recover from elbow surgery.
Casey was traded to the Tampa Bay Devil Rays for outfielder Jose Cruz, Jr. before the 2005 season.
On August 10, 2007, Casey was released by the Devil Rays. He signed a minor league contract with the San Diego Padres on August 22, 2007, but was not picked up.
On January 24, 2008, Casey signed a minor-league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates, with an invitation to spring training. At the end of spring training, he declined his assignment to the minor leagues and elected to become a free agent.
On April 9, 2008, he signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers. On June 3, the Tigers released pitcher Francisco Cruceta and brought Casey up in his place.