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PostSubject: Tigers to place Fister on disabled list Sunday   Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:55 pm

Tigers to place Fister on disabled list Sunday
Below may slide into Tigers' rotation; Villarreal joining bullpen
By Jason Beck / MLB.com | 04/07/12 9:41 PM ET

DETROIT -- Eight days ago, Duane Below thought he had pitched his way out of the Tigers' rotation and out of the big leagues, which was correct. Two injuries later, he might have to come in and help hold Detroit's rotation together now that Doug Fister is out.

When head athletic trainer Kevin Rand met Fister at the mound after he spiked a pitch in the dirt to Ryan Sweeney in the fourth inning of the Tigers' 10-0 win over the Red Sox on Saturday, the first thought in many minds was that Fister might be dealing with more soreness in the right middle finger that flared up in Spring Training.

Instead, Fister had suffered a rib injury, technically a left costochondral strain. After further evaluation, the Tigers announced they'll place him on the 15-day disabled list Sunday and recall right-handed reliever Brayan Villarreal from Triple-A Toledo.

Detroit didn't announce how much time Fister will miss, but the fact that it didn't wait to place him on the disabled list suggests it might not be a minimal stay.

Even if it's just 15 days, it'll force the Tigers to fill Fister's spot for at least two starts. Since Villarreal competed as a reliever in Spring Training, Below could be a strong candidate to start.

Fister had just struck out Boston's Kevin Youkilis looking at a fastball on the outside corner for the second out of the fourth inning before he fell behind on Sweeney. The first-pitch ball to Sweeney was when he suffered the injury, manager Jim Leyland said.

The next pitch bounced in the dirt before catcher Alex Avila came out from behind the plate. Leyland and Rand soon joined him from the dugout.

After a long talk on the mound, Leyland signaled to third-base coach Gene Lamont to call to the bullpen. Below, one of two long relievers, was already getting up.

"As soon as I saw Kevin start walking out to the mound, we all stopped, got up and tried to get as loose as we could," Below said. "We didn't know the extent of the injury or if he was going to stay in. We didn't know who was going in, so we waited until the phone rang. They said I was in the game. I grabbed my glove, walked up the stairs and then I took off jogging.

"Running to the mound, I was just going through my game plan to make sure I continue to attack the strike zone."

Prior to Saturday, Below's last appearance was his March 30 Grapefruit League start against the Orioles, when a four-walk inning hurt his case to crack the rotation. In the week since then, he had been optioned to Triple-A Toledo, recalled from the Mud Hens on his way to Toledo when reliever Luis Marte strained his left hamstring and watched his first Opening Day in the big leagues.

What Below did Saturday earned him his first Major League win, something that eluded him in two starts and a dozen relief appearances in Detroit last year.

Adrian Gonzalez's single off the right-field wall was the only baserunner off Below, who retired six straight batters before that and followed that with a David Ortiz flyout to end his outing. It brought back memories of last August, when Below tossed 7 1/3 perfect innings over three games with seven strikeouts to make an impression on Tigers officials.

"There's always the question when I didn't make the team, when I got sent down, when I didn't have a chance to pitch, you always run through your mind," Below said. "But I tried to keep telling myself that when I get out there, just continue to do what I've been doing the last couple years, and that's try to attack the strike zone.

"Today I was able to get outs. The defense was huge - [Miguel Cabrera] diving for that ball, and Brennan [Boesch] out in right on Gonzalez's single."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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PostSubject: Re: Tigers to place Fister on disabled list Sunday   Sun Apr 08, 2012 10:59 pm

No answers yet on Fister's replacement
By Jason Beck and Anthony Odoardi / MLB.com | 04/08/12 2:21 PM ET

DETROIT -- The question of who will take Doug Fister's spot in the Tigers' rotation appeared just as difficult to answer Sunday morning as the question of how long Fister will be out with his left side strain.

"I have no clue who's going to start, absolutely none," manager Jim Leyland said before Sunday's series finale against the Red Sox. "[Brayan] Villarreal has joined the team and we will have a starter at the appropriate time. Who it is, I have no clue. None."

Duane Below replaced Fister in relief Saturday and tossed 2 1/3 scoreless innings to earn his first Major League win. He was the runner-up in Detroit's fifth-starter competition that ended a week ago and would seemingly be the logical candidate.

Leyland isn't eliminating Below as a candidate, but he hasn't told him he's starting, either. At this point, Leyland is keeping their options open.

The organization will spend the next two days watching starters at Triple-A Toledo, Leyland said. Somebody from the club will watch Andy Oliver pitch for the Mud Hens Sunday night, and Leyland said he might spend the off-day Monday in Toledo to watch Casey Crosby start. Oliver looked like the front-runner for the fifth-starter job midway through Spring Training until he battled control problems in back-to-back starts.

The Tigers also don't appear to be closing off the trade route. Yet if they liked their in-house candidates over their trade options entering the final weeks camp, they might not feel much differently now. Detroit spent much of Spring Training monitoring Nationals starter John Lannan, who has since ended up in Triple-A and has publicly asked for a trade. Just because Lannan wants a trade, though, doesn't mean the Nats will give him away or eat a good chunk of his $5 million salary to deal him.

With Monday's off-day, the Tigers have the option of moving up Max Scherzer to start in Fister's place Friday instead of Saturday. Given that Friday is the White Sox home opener, having Scherzer pitch that day could be an option. If Detroit does that, though, it won't have Scherzer for the four-game series against Texas at Comerica Park from April 19-22.

As for a timetable on Fister, head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said, "Not right now. We've just got to get him pain free. Once we get him pain free, then we can move forward."

Jason Beck is a reporter for MLB.com. Read Beck's Blog and follow him on Twitter @beckjason. Anthony Odoardi is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.


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