Tigers right-hander Doug Fister has been on the disabled list since suffering a costochondral (rib cage) strain in the fourth inning of his April 7 start against the Red Sox. He was only supposed to be sidelined for the required 15 days, but it sure sounds like his absence will last longer than that.
According to Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Fister cut short a bullpen session after just 12 pitches Tuesday upon feeling pain in his abdominal region.
The Tigers aren’t calling it a setback, but they’re resigned to the fact that Fister is going to need more time.
“We’re backing off him for a couple of days to give him a chance to regroup,” said trainer Kevin Rand. “He stopped (throwing) because he was having some pain in his abdomen. At this point, we’re just being overly cautious because he wasn’t ready to let it go full-tilt.”
Fister, 28, registered a sparkling 2.83 ERA, 1.06 WHIP and 146/37 K/BB ratio across 216 1/3 innings last season between the Mariners and Tigers. Adam Wilk will continue to fill in for Detroit.
The Braves reportedly have a deal in place with free agent catcher Kurt Suzuki, per Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal adds that the contract is for one year, $1.5 million with up to $2.5 million in additional incentives.
Suzuki, 33, completed a three-year track with the Twins in 2016, slashing .258/.301/.403 with eight home runs in 373 PA. The veteran backstop likely won’t provide an offensive or defensive upgrade over current starter Tyler Flowers, but should give the Braves some depth at a position they’ve been looking to strengthen since the start of the offseason.
The team has yet to confirm the deal.
With the 2017 World Baseball Classic around the corner, Team Israel has reportedly reached out to Indians second baseman Jason Kipnis, per MLB Network’s Jon Morosi. Tournament rules stipulate that a player’s roster eligibility can be achieved in one of several ways: they were born in the country in question or hold citizenship/permanent legal residence there (or are simply capable of qualifying for citizenship), or one of their parents was born in the country or holds citizenship/permanent legal residence there.
For Kipnis, it’s the latter. Kipnis’ father, Mark Kipnis, is Jewish. That gives Kipnis the status he needs to suit up for Team Israel, despite the fact that he is a practicing Roman Catholic. He has yet to confirm or deny his participation in the competition.
Fifteen players have confirmed for Team Israel so far, including Mets’ infielder/outfielder Ty Kelly and free agents Sam Fuld, Nate Freiman, Jason Marquis and Jeremy Bleich. Per MLB.com’s Chad Thornburg, eight minor leaguers will also appear for the team. Like Kipnis, at least three other major leaguers are eligible for Team Israel’s roster but have yet to accept or decline involvement in the WBC: Dodgers center fielder Joc Pederson, Mariners infielder/outfielder Danny Valencia and free agent left-hander Craig Breslow.