A trio of injuries to talk about today. One we're just hearing about, one we don't really know about and one some might prefer we not hear about. I speak, of course, about Doug Fister, Al Alburquerque and Ryan Raburn.
The Fister news comes via the Twitter feed of the Oakland Press' Matthew B. Mowery. He reports that Fister felt pain in his groin during his last start -- in which he promptly gave back the Tigers' 5-0 lead to the Orioles -- which could explain both the ineffectiveness and the facial expressions. (I did not pick up on these.)
Fister said he had an MRI, will test it with normal between-start throwing. No one knows if he'll be ready for next start for— Matthew B. Mowery (@matthewbmowery) August 21, 2012
The injury means that the date of Fister's next start is unknown. Here's Mowery's full story on it for a deeper look.
Al Alburquerque is apparently OK to keep pitching
This story's actually about 48 hours old now, but I did take a bit of a respite from blogging -- in order to write another baseball story that I hope you've read by now! -- anyway, Alburquerque will resume his rehab assignment with the Mud Hens after having a clean checkup on his elbow.
MLB.com's Jason Beck writes:
Alburquerque said he felt tenderness in his elbow after that outing. In accordance with what the team medical staff told him before he went on rehab, he reported it and flew to Detroit to have it checked out
Beck notes that Alburquerque's rehab assignment expires by the end of this week, so the Tigers will have to make a decision soon.
Finally, as I'm sure you're following this story closely, Raburn is going to begin his assignment with the Mud Hens.
If the Tigers operate like normal, he'll be back in Detroit around Sept. 1. Hopefully hitting the ball, as he has been Mr August and Mr. September in past years.