Doug Fister “felt good” after first bullpen session

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On the disabled list with a strained ribcage muscle, Doug Fister threw a 10-pitch bullpen session Monday and reported no problems.

Fister threw all fastballs in the short mound session, so it’s merely the first step on the road back, but manager Jim Leyland told Jason Beck of MLB.com that the right-hander “felt good.”

Fister made a huge impact down the stretch for the Tigers after they acquired him from the Mariners on July 30, going 8-1 with a 1.79 ERA in 70 innings.

As a 28-year-old with modest velocity and a career strikeout rate of 5.5 per nine innings counting on anything resembling that type of performance is obviously wishful thinking, but Fister has excellent command and a 3.46 ERA in 70 career starts. Getting him back healthy behind Justin Verlander and Max Scherzer is a big key for Detroit’s rotation.