Detroit pitcher Doug Fister looks to be completely healthy after a four-inning rehab start, and the 6-foot-8 hurler is expected to take the mound for the Tigers' road game against Seattle on Monday.
Fister left his April 7th start against the Boston Red Sox holding his side in obvious pain, and was quickly sent to the 15-day disabled list with a costochondral strain. To make room for Fister on the active roster on Sunday, the Tigers optioned reliever Brayan Villarreal to Triple-A Toledo.
Tigers optioned RHP Brayan Villarreal to Toledo following today's game. RHP Doug Fister will be reinstated from DL tomorrow. #tigers— Brian Britten (@BBritten_Tigers) May 6, 2012
The 24-year-old Villarreal has pitched in four games for the Tigers so far this season and has yet to allow a run. He remains a viable minor league option if Detroit suffers injuries to its pitching staff in the future, but could struggle to stand out from his peers unless he's given an extended look in the bigs.