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Doug Fister lands on 15-day DL after straining left side

Apr 7, 2012, 8:03 PM EDT

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The Tigers torched the Red Sox for 12 hits Saturday in a dominant 10-0 victory. But it wasn’t all roses and pom-poms at Detroit’s Comerica Park.

As noted by Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Tigers starter Doug Fister was lifted in the top of the fourth inning after feeling a tug on the left side of his body while making a pitch to Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Fister was later diagnosed with a left side strain and will be further evaluated Sunday.

The 28-year-old right-hander had thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings. If he’s forced to the 15-day disabled list, the Tigers could give left-hander Duane Below a shot at some spot starts. He was, after all, stretched out this spring.

Fister posted a 2.83 ERA and 146/37 K/BB ratio in 32 outings last year between the Tigers and Mariners.

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UPDATE, 8:04 PM: Fister has been placed on the disabled list with a left costochondral strain, according to MLB.com beat writer Jason Beck. And reliever Brayan Villarreal has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo.

  1. hammyofdoom - Apr 7, 2012 at 8:37 PM

    That really sucks for the Tigers, he did so well for them down the stretch. I was hoping the sox could get to the tigers pen once he came out but I never wanted the guy really hurt. Hope he’s back as quick as possible

  2. nflfollower - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    Hopefully not out too much more than the 15 day stint. I was looking forward to what he could accomplish with the tigers over the course of an entire season. Should still be able to pull away from the rest of the AL central even without fister for the start of the season though.

  3. thom4msu - Apr 7, 2012 at 9:38 PM

    That just blows donkey.

  4. drew990 - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:04 PM

    This really sucks. He’s a vital peice to that rotation. Hopefully it’s not to severe.

  5. braddavery - Apr 7, 2012 at 10:31 PM

    “while making a pitch to Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia.”

    Huh?

    • braddavery - Apr 7, 2012 at 11:59 PM

      lol I get it now. I was confused. Derp.

  6. btwicey - Apr 8, 2012 at 8:24 AM

    This hurts …

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