Tigers tab Wilk as fill-in starter for Fister

Tigers tab Wilk as fill-in starter for Fister

Tigers tab Wilk as fill-in starter for Fister
DETROIT -- Adam Wilk was one of the first cuts from the Tigers' fifth-starter competition in Spring Training. But after one turn through the rotation at Triple-A Toledo, he had by far the best start. Thus, Wilk is getting the call to fill the latest void for the Tigers.

In the process, Wilk will get his first Major League start. He'll don a Detroit uniform again to face the White Sox on Saturday in Chicago as he fills the void left by Doug Fister's left rib cage strain.

The decision came out of a Tuesday morning meeting between manager Jim Leyland and team president/general manager Dave Dombrowski in Leyland's office, hours after the manager had watched lefty prospect Casey Crosby give up six runs, four earned, on five hits in four-plus innings for the Hens on Monday night.

One night earlier, Andy Oliver walked five Indianapolis Indians over 3 2/3 innings with Tigers officials in attendance. Both starters were under consideration.

In the end, the Tigers stuck to Leyland's stance of going with whoever's performing the best at Toledo and whoever earns the recommendation of the coaches down there. Wilk's start was last Friday, when he tossed five scoreless innings on one hit with six strikeouts.

Wilk will be pitching on seven days' rest unless he makes a relief appearance for the Hens in the next day or two.

The one in-house candidate was Duane Below, the current Major League leader in wins after picking up victories in relief on Saturday and Sunday. He was the runner-up to Drew Smyly for the fifth spot in the rotation out of Spring Training, but he will remain in the bullpen.