Originally posted on Fox Sports Detroit  |  Last updated 8/22/12
DETROIT -- When Drew Smyly was removed from Tuesday night's Mud Hens game after one inning, it was a natural conclusion to draw that the Tigers might need him. Manager Jim Leyland revealed Tuesday that Doug Fister was dealing with a groin issue that might prevent him from making his next start, scheduled for Saturday. When asked Wednesday whether Smyly was removed from the game in case he needs to start in Detroit Saturday, Leyland said, "I would say that's probably true." Although Leyland said Fister was feeling better Wednesday, athletic trainer Kevin Rand didn't sound quite so sure. "I'd say still pretty much the same," Rand said. "There's still some soreness there. We're going to treat him multiple times again today. He's going to go out and play catch. But it'll be just catch. We're not ready to put him up on the mound." Rand said they have started contrast treatments on Fister, adding heat to the ice and electric stimulation mix. Rand said they're being very careful with Fister's adductor strain. "We're aggressive but we've got to be smart aggressive," Rand said. "There's still some soreness in there, still pretty tender. So we've got to be smart with it." Cy-ber Young to make Comerica Park debut On Wednesday night, Cy-ber Young, a robot designed by 20 high school students and their mentors, will throw out the first pitch before the game. Young weighs 200 pounds and can throw up to 100 miles per hour, although it won't throw the first pitch at that speed. "I think it's pretty awesome the fact that there's a group of kids in high school that built a baseball-throwing robot," Tigers reliever Phil Coke said. "That's cool. I could use that in the offseason, somebody to play catch with, throw me the ball back. That'd be awesome." Frog Force, the FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics Competition team from Novi High School, was the driving force behind Cy-ber Young, and was assisted by students from FIRST teams from Troy, Bishop Foley, Waterford-Kettering and Monroe County high schools. If robots don't impress you, the other ceremonial first pitch will be thrown by Jordyn Wieber, 2012 Olympic gold medalist in gymnastics.
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