What lies ahead for Doug Fister? He doesn't even know

Dan Shulman
July 20, 2017 - 6:06 pm

Since the Red Sox claimed Doug Fister off waivers from the Angels, the right-hander has struggled. Fister's future looks uncertain after an 8-6 loss to the Blue Jays on Thursday.

"I look at today and build from there," Fister said. "I have no idea what's in store. I just have to be ready to pitch."

Fister tossed 4 1/3 innings, allowing six runs on seven hits while striking out three and walking four.

All four of Fister’s walks came in the third inning. Fister was coming off a long wait following a three-run inning for Boston when he lost control, something Fister attributes to adjusting his mechanics.

"I've been working on a few things and seeing some results," Fister said. "I was down in the zone a lot today and that was really a focus. Some of that was a little bit too much and that's where the walks came from."

The Red Sox had a chance to escape the top of the third unscathed when Steve Pearce looked to have popped out with the bases loaded. Second-baseman Brock Holt positioned himself under the ball, but lost it in the sun allowing two runs to score.

"Any ball in the air is a dangerous play," Fister said. "Our sun here is sometimes right overhead and makes an easy catch really difficult. You can't take anything for granted. It's on my shoulders to get us out of a bases loaded jam in that spot and I've got to perform better."

Fister threw 100 pitches, only 53 for strikes.

"He was fighting the whole game trying to make his pitches,” said catcher Sandy Leon. “That fly ball to Brock he just lost in the sun. [Fister] pitched well.”

The Blue Jays scored four runs on just two hits in the inning in what ended up being a decisive third inning. With Eduardo Rodriguez healthy and completing the Red Sox rotation, Fister will almost certainly be shifting to the bullpen.

"You go back to the two-plus innings of work on Saturday night, he threw the ball well in that [relief] outing," said manager John Farrell. "We've got to get through some recovery time before we make a final determination on people."