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Doug Fister feeling no ill effects from comebacker

Oct 27, 2012, 6:34 PM EDT

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There was reason for great concern when Tigers right-hander Doug Fister got nailed in the side of the head by a line drive during his Game 2 start against the Giants. But he continued pitching, had no issues on the Tigers’ flight from San Francisco to Detroit, and is still free of concussion-like symptoms.

According to ESPN’s Jayson Stark, Tigers head trainer Kevin Rand assured reporters on Saturday afternoon at Comerica Park that Fister will be ready to make his Game 6 start if the series goes that far.

“He’s never had a headache. He’s never had dizziness.” Rand said. “He’s had no symptoms at any time.”

Fister didn’t undergo an MRI or CT scan, but he was checked out — and cleared to play — by Dr. Michael Workings, who serves as a specialist for the NFL’s Detroit Lions and deals often with head injuries.

Fister, 28, boasts a sparkling 1.40 ERA through 19 1/3 innings (three starts) this postseason.

  1. cur68 - Oct 27, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    Looked bad when it happened, that’s for sure. Glad he’s ok. Dog Fister has a tough nut.

    • nothanksimdriving123 - Oct 27, 2012 at 8:06 PM

      Bad? Did you see how far the ball bounced off his head? I am absolutely amazed he’s still walking.

  2. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Oct 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM

    The Fist is a cyborg. real talk – i have more faith and confidence with him on the mound than i do JV. i don’t know why, and it’s irrational, but it’s true. maybe it’s his demeanor. whatever it is, the only thing i worry about when The Fist takes the mound is his run support. all year long it seems the lineup lets him down.

  3. datdangdrewdundunituhgin - Oct 27, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    and also, the tigers have caught an amazing break with The Fist getting nailed twice by line drives in two games and him not even leaving the game, let alone being injured.

  4. sailcat54 - Oct 27, 2012 at 8:06 PM

    Glad to see Fister is doing well. He’s a real stud for taking such a wicked shot and still staying in the game. Looking forward to seeing him pitch again!

    Go Giants!

  5. bradleeygalindo22 - Oct 28, 2012 at 12:47 AM

    FISTER? I hardly even knew her…

  6. TheBlindUmp - Oct 28, 2012 at 2:00 PM

    Yea, he’s had to be tough growing up with that last name! But, for his own safety, MLB should make players come out of a game when they take that type of shot to the noggin. He should have been on his way to the ER immediately after for his own safety. A baseball game is not worth risking his life over.

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