A fatigued right shoulder will prevent right-hander Doug Fister from facing the Angels on tomorrow.
That was among the medical news delivered by manager Don Wakamatsu earlier today.
“With a young pitcher going deep into ballgames as he has,” Wakamatsu said, “you kind of anticipate that at some point he’d get a dead arm or some fatigue and it just happens to be now.
“He’s a competitor and a tough kid and if it was up to him, he’d like to continue to start. But the dialogue has been good. We both understand this is probably the right thing to do at this point.”
Left-hander Ryan Rowland-Smith will replace Fister in tomorrow’s 1:05 p.m. game.
Fister, one of the biggest surprises in the Major Leagues this season, the 6-foot-8 Fresno State product has a 2.45 ERA, second-lowest in the AL.
Fister is expected to miss one start and if all goes well, he could pitch one of the four games against the Rangers in Arlington next week.
Here is tonight’s lineup:
1. Ichiro, RF
2. Chone Figgins, 2B
3. Franklin Gutierrez, CF
4. Jose Lopez, 3B
5. Milton Bradley, DH
6. Josh Wilson, SS
7. Matt Tuiasosopo, 1B
8. Eleizer Alfonzo, C
9. Ryan Langerhans, LF
RHP Ian Snell
— Jim Street