Red Sox Talk: Doug Fister Grateful Of Opportunity With Boston
The Boston Red Sox will have Doug Fister start on Wednesday in Texas. The start will mark his third in a Red Sox uniform and he is grateful for the situation he is in.
The 33-year-old right-handed starter was a free agent until May 22, when he signed with the Los Angeles Angels and agreed to be optioned to the minors. He then opted out of that deal after three starts with Triple-A Salt Lake City to join the Red Sox via a waiver claim.
He is a veteran who has bounced the major leagues, but at the moment, he is just happy to be here.
“Two months ago I was sitting at home doing nothing trying to get ready on my own,” Fister said. “To be in the game again and be part of a great clubhouse, I’m so gracious for it. Things can turn on such a quick note. For me, I’m very grateful.”
Fister has started two games for the Sox. He went six innings against the Angels on June 25 down just 3-2 and then against the Blue Jays he threw five innings with the same 3-2 score when he left.
“He’s made some big pitches with men on base in both starts. That to me is a guy who doesn’t let the game speed up too much,” manager John Farrell said. “He’s not afraid in big spots against key hitters to reverse the count. What I mean by that is to throw pitches in off the plate with a purpose, trying to set up maybe an off-speed pitch to record an out.”
Fister has been humbled being part of this year’s Red Sox team and enjoying the high expectations on winning.
“I’ll tell you what, being a part of this team has been a humbling experience and a blessing,” he said. “These guys here, as a team, have welcomed me with open arms. I enjoy coming to the ballpark every day. We have a high expectation of winning here and that speaks for itself. I thoroughly enjoy it.”