Tigers manager Jim Leyland announced to the press today that starting pitcher Doug Fister will return to the active roster on Saturday. Fister will make the start in place of left-hander Drew Smyly, who was placed on the disabled listearlier today.
This will require Detroit to make another roster move, which will likely not become officially until Saturday. One would have to guess Matt Young will draw the short straw on that one.
Fister may have been the Tigers' best pitcher during the final two months of the 2011 season. (When Justin Verlander is on your staff, even a 1.79 ERA requires the word "may.") However, he has battled injuries throughout the 2012 season. Fister left his first start of the year with a left costochondral strain. After about a month on the DL, he returned to the mound for six appearances. Fister struggled during his May 28 appearance, allowing six runs, and hit the DL again with the same injury.
Originally the Tigers thought Fister may be back for Wednesday's game, but he experience some pain after throwing off the mound, so that date was pushed back a bit.
Fister has a 3.15 ERA in 34 1/3 innings in 2012.
Matthew B. Mowery of the Oakland Press noted earlier:
Smyly's trip to the DL is the 10th this season for a #Tigers player, fourth already in June. Team's made 28 roster moves in 62 games— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) June 14, 2012