Alex Avila can understand how Astros batters struggled to hit Robbie Ray’s deceptive fastball; at times Avila struggled to catch it.
Ray will take the spot of 2013 ERA champion Anibal Sanchez, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a laceration on his middle finger.
Smyly pitched out of the bullpen in 2013, recording an ERA of 2.37 as the most reliable reliever for the Tigers last season.
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister left a minor league start after one inning Thursday with a strain of the latissimus dorsi muscle on the right side of his back and may not be able to take his first turn in the rotation on April 6.
Not everyone is excited for opening day.
If fans did not like the Doug Fister trade initially, many can lament it now more than ever.
Washington Nationals righthander Doug Fister was scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Houston Astros because of inflammation in his elbow.
Doug Fister struck out the first two batters he faced in his spring debut with Washington, and the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 10-3 Sunday.
Comerica Park will be open for business on March 31st.
Right-handed starter Doug Fister and the Washington Nationals have agreed to terms on a contract, avoiding arbitration.