Doug Fister started for Triple-A Toledo on Wednesday night with head coach Jim Leyland on hand and all signs indicate that Fister will be ready to return to the rotation on Monday.
Fister needed 68 pitches to make it through four scoreless innings, in which he allowed just two hits and struck out five batters while walking one. Assuming Fister's body recovers well, he will make his next start for the Tigers:
"I feel good," said Fister, with his shoulder and torso wrapped in ice in the Mud Hens clubhouse. "I can't really ask for anything more right now. I let it fly tonight. We're still going to take it day by day but we're expecting the best as of right now." [...]"It's been a while (feeling pain)," Fister said. "I've thrown a couple of bullpens before and they were full-tilt.
"Tonight went out there and pitched like I would normally pitch. Didn't really feel anything, so it was good."
Fister left his first start of the season back on April 7 with what was diagnosed as a strained muscle in his left side.