BOSTON — Doug Fister took a calculated risk, and now he has a chance to make the Angels pay.
When Fister’s opt-out date arrived this week, he chose to exercise it rather than stay in the minors with the Angels. Fister was taking a chance that another club would want him in the majors, after he hadn’t pitched in the big leagues since last season.
“It was something I was willing to take a risk on,” Fister said Saturday, a day after the Boston Red Sox claimed him and a day before he is scheduled to make his first Boston start against the Angels. “I’m definitely blessed to be here. I’m looking forward to this opportunity.”
Fister said he would try not to put any extra emphasis on the game, in order to prove something to the Angels.
“I can’t let it add anything,” he said. “I’ve got to make a start and attack hitters, one through die, no matter who it is. Give the same intensity, no matter who it is.”
Fister gave up seven earned runs in 15 2/3 innings in three Triple-A starts with the Angels. General manager Billy Eppler said they asked Fister to remain in the minors, because at the time of the opt out date they didn’t see a spot for him in the majors.
Parker Bridwell, the pitcher Eppler opted to keep in the rotation instead of Fister, will start on Sunday for the Angels.
Jose Alvarez has allowed 13 earned runs and 20 hits in his last 14 innings, dating back to May 17. For his first two seasons with the Angels, he had a 3.47 ERA over 128 games.
“He just seems to be making more mistakes,” Manager Mike Scioscia said. “The first couple months he had really good command, fastball command glove side, mixing two different breaking balls. Now, he’ll make a couple good pithes and all of the sudden, trying to put a guy away, make a mistake.”
Scioscia suggested that perhaps Alvarez is feeling the affects of “being used a lot” and they may try to shorten his outings “till he freshens up.”
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