Smyly likely to start Saturday if Fister is out

Smyly likely to start Saturday if Fister is out

DETROIT -- There was nothing new on Doug Fister's status for Saturday's game against the Angels, but at least there's a good idea who will start in his place if he can't go.

Tigers manager Jim Leyland confirmed Wednesday that left-hander Drew Smyly was pulled from his start at Triple-A Toledo on Tuesday night after an inning as a precaution -- not for his own health, but for Fister's situation. If Fister can't pitch Saturday, Smyly most surely will.

"I would say that's probably true," Leyland said.

Fister, who has an adductor strain in his right groin, was scheduled to play catch on Wednesday off flat ground, not off a mound. That won't be the final determination, but it should give them an idea how much it's limiting him.

"There's still some soreness there," head athletic trainer Kevin Rand said. "We're aggressive, but we have to be smart aggressive."