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.
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.
The Royals are in agreement with right-handed reliever Drew Storen on a minor league deal, the team announced Friday. Per Jon Heyman of MLB Network, the deal is worth $1.25 million if the veteran righty breaks camp with the club this spring. Additional, albeit unspecified incentives will be included in the contract as well.
Storen, 31, is coming off of a protracted absence from any MLB duties. After inking a one-year deal with the Reds in 2017, he sustained a right elbow sprain toward the end of the year and underwent Tommy John surgery that October. He was effectively decommissioned for the club’s entire 2018 run and generated little interest around the league this winter, perhaps due in part to the uninspired 4.45 ERA, 3.8 BB/9, 7.9 SO/9, and career-low -0.2 fWAR he posted across 54 2/3 innings during his last healthy season.
While it’s not immediately clear what kind of performance the Royals can expect from Storen in spring training, they’re not exactly in a position to be choosy. Their bullpen ranked dead last among all MLB teams with a collective 5.04 ERA, 4.85 FIP, and -2.2 fWAR last year, and still appears to be in a state of flux as they approach Opening Day. Skipper Ned Yost told reporters Wednesday that he intends to eschew the traditional closer appointment in 2019 and will instead utilize a combination of right-handers Wily Peralta and Brad Boxberger, lefty Tim Hill, and various others as he tackles high-leverage situations in the future.