Fister to start Friday, bullpen day possible Thursday
Doug Fister felt fine this morning after his six scoreless innings of work Saturday, which is pretty much a best-case scenario for the Tigers right now. That said, manager Jim Leyland decided he isn’t going to push his luck, so he’s going to give Fister an extra day of rest and start him Friday night in the series opener at Pittsburgh.
Max Scherzer will also get the extra day then, starting Saturday. Thursday, meanwhile, remains a TBA assignment for the start.
“I’m thinking about making that start a bullpen game, depending on what we have to do before that,” Leyland said. “Sometimes that’s not a bad idea. … That’s just a thought. I’m not saying that’s going to happen.”
One possible reason behind the bullpen start is the increasing chance that they’ll only have to fill the rotation spot once before Drew Smyly comes back. He played catch Saturday and felt good, according to Leyland, and they’re hoping they can schedule him to pitch on June 26, the day he’s eligible to come off the disabled list. That would be the second game of the series in Texas.