Wilk slated for second start against Rangers

Wilk slated for second start against Rangers

CHICAGO -- If there was any doubt that Adam Wilk was sticking in the Tigers' rotation for more than a spot start, the fact that the Tigers announced his bruised left shoulder would be fine for his next start seemed to be telling.

Wilk, who filled injured Doug Fister's rotation slot Saturday, held his own with five innings of two-run ball before Prince Fielder's foul ball hit him in the dugout and knocked him out of the game as a precaution. The ball hit him in a muscular area of his shoulder, sparing him from more serious damage.

Wilk is scheduled to open the Tigers' upcoming homestand on Thursday against the Rangers in a rematch of last October's American League Championship Series.

"We figured at least two [starts]," manager Jim Leyland said. "I don't really know how it'll play out [from there]."

That depends on Fister's status, and he hasn't started throwing again yet.