Fister dealing with groin injury, next start iffy
When Jim Leyland was asked today if he has ever had a team with as many rotation injuries as what the Blue Jays have dealt with, his answer eventually drifted to his own team. That might have been a pretty good hint that something wasn’t right.
Then Leyland updated the situation on Doug Fister, who is dealing with what Leyland called a “groin issue.”
It’s a big enough issue that neither Leyland nor Fister is certain he’ll make his next scheduled start on Saturday.
“We’re taking it day by day,” Fister said.
The tightness was a problem on Fister’s warmup pitches before his opening inning Sunday against Baltimore, but he was able to pitch through it without making it any worse.
“I felt it a little bit early on,” Fister said. “It ended up feeling tight afterwards.”
What happens if Fister can’t go isn’t clear. Triple-A Toledo was rained out Monday night, so the only pitcher who’s close to being on turn for Saturday is Adam Wilk, who started for the Mud Hens on Sunday. Drew Smyly last pitched last Friday, and he hasn’t pitched through the fifth inning since he started pitching again near the end of July.