Doug Fister lands on 15-day DL after straining left side

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The Tigers torched the Red Sox for 12 hits Saturday in a dominant 10-0 victory. But it wasn’t all roses and pom-poms at Detroit’s Comerica Park.

As noted by Tom Gage of the Detroit News, Tigers starter Doug Fister was lifted in the top of the fourth inning after feeling a tug on the left side of his body while making a pitch to Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Fister was later diagnosed with a left side strain and will be further evaluated Sunday.

The 28-year-old right-hander had thrown 3 2/3 scoreless innings. If he’s forced to the 15-day disabled list, the Tigers could give left-hander Duane Below a shot at some spot starts. He was, after all, stretched out this spring.

Fister posted a 2.83 ERA and 146/37 K/BB ratio in 32 outings last year between the Tigers and Mariners.

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UPDATE, 8:04 PM: Fister has been placed on the disabled list with a left costochondral strain, according to MLB.com beat writer Jason Beck. And reliever Brayan Villarreal has been recalled from Triple-A Toledo.