Texas Rangers starting pitcher Doug Fister left today’s game in the top of the sixth inning due to what the team has announced is right knee soreness. He was replaced by Matt Bush.
Fister missed a couple of weeks earlier in the season with a hip issue, which landed him on the disabled list. He will be evaluated tomorrow, and we will have to wait and see what the prognosis for him is. The Rangers have two off days next week, so if they chose, they could shuffle the rotation alignment and avoid needing to use Fister’s spot in the rotation again until June 19, with the remainder of the starters pitching on at least four days rest. If they opt to put Fister on the d.l. and bring someone up to fill in for him, and if they choose to stick with the current rotation schedule, Fister’s spot would come up again next Friday, and Austin Bibens-Dirkx, currently slated to pitch for Round Rock tomorrow, would likely get the call up.
Fister has been solid for Texas this year, putting up a 4.50 ERA on the season in 66 IP, which includes the 5 run, 5 IP outing tonight.