(DETROIT) — After just 3 2/3 innings through his first start of the regular season, Detroit Tigers pitcher Doug Fister has landed on the 15-day disabled list with a left-side injury.
Fister was cruising through his start against the Boston Red Sox, striking out three batters and allowing just three hits, but in the fourth inning he experienced pain in his left-side. The trainers came out and agreed that Fister needed to come out of the game. It is being diagnosed as a left costochondral strain.
The Tigers were relying on Fister to repeat the success that he had when he was acquired by the team in a midseason trade with the Seattle Mariners last year. In 11 starts with the Tigers last season, Fister went 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA. Overall, he went 11-13 with a 2.83 ERA in 2011.
Relief pitcher Brayan Villarreal has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo to fill Fister’s roster spot.
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Jill Martin, CNN