Fister to 15-day DL with left side strain
Technically, the term for Doug Fister’s injury is a left costochondrial strain, which is around the left ribs. But the bottom line is that it means the Tigers are going to need another starter for at least the next two turns through the rotation, and possibly longer if it sidelines him for longer than the 15 days.
When head athletic trainer Kevin Rand went out to the mound to check on Fister in the fourth inning, the first thought was whether the sore right middle finger that sidelined him for more than a week in Spring Training had flared up again. This injury was different, and possibly more serious.
The move will become official on Sunday, though the Tigers announced it Saturday night after the game. They’ll call up right-handed reliever Brayan Villarreal, whom many people thought might have gotten the call when Luis Marte went on the DL on Wednesday, just before the season began.
Duane Below got the call to join the Opening Day roster instead, and when Fister couldn’t continue pitching, Below’s 2 1/3 innings of scoreless ball earned him his first Major League victory. Right now, unless the Tigers make another roster move later this week ahead of Fister’s next scheduled start Friday at Chicago, Below would be the logical candidate to slot into that spot.