Leyland: Fister likely won’t be ready until May
The good news from the Tigers on Doug Fister is that he was feeling better Friday morning than he did Thursday afternoon, a sign that the pain is going away in his left side. If he feels better this weekend, the Tigers will likely have him start playing catch again.
The bad news? He’ll be on a slow progression from there. At this point after his pain last week, he has missed enough time that they’re not going to try to fast-track him and risk a full-blown aggravation that could sideline him long-term.
When asked if Fister’s return is getting pushed back into May, Leyland said, “It certainly looks that way. That’ll all be down the road now.”