After missing a month of the season with a left rib cage muscle strain, Fister has made three starts and allowed only four runs in 19 innings. However, the 28-year-old right-hander is 0-2 with a 1.59 ERA.
In his first two starts since returning, he allowed one run and took a loss and a no-decision. His outing Thursday against Minnesota was his "worst" of the season -- six innings, nine hits, three earned runs -- but an error by Prince Fielder resulted in an unearned run that handed Fister his second loss.
"I control what I can control and I didn't get my job done," Fister said after the game. "That's what's frustrating to me."
Fister now looks to get back on track as the Tigers fight to gain some ground on the first-place Indians in the America League Central. If last season is any indication, when he went 3-0 in four starts after being traded to the Tigers at the Trade Deadline, Fister should be all right.
Opposing Fister will be 24-year-old Zach McAllister, who is 1-1 with a 4.34 ERA in 2012. After walking only one batter in his first 13 innings, the right-hander walked five in 5 2/3 innings as he took a no-decision in his last start against the Mariners.
McAllister has made one start in his career against Detroit, earning a no-decision last year. Fister is 3-2 with a 2.31 ERA in eight career starts against the Tribe.
Tigers: Raburn placed on bereavement list
• Ryan Raburn will miss the series against the Indians after being placed on the bereavement list Tuesday. Manager Jim Leyland said he is expected to be back Friday in Minnesota.
• After originally being placed in the lineup, Austin Jackson was a late scratch Tuesday. Jackson suffered an abdominal strain last week, but seems to be very close to a return.
• The Tigers have not won back-to-back games since defeating the Royals April 17-18.
Indians: Choo catches fire
• Shin-Soo Choo is riding a nine-game hitting streak into Wednesday's contest and has had some success against Fister in his career. He is 8-for-16 (.500) with a double, two home runs and five RBIs.
• Carlos Santana is 1-for-11 (.091) with three strikeouts against Fister in his career.
• Chris Perez created a buzz with some of his recent comments about the attendance at Indians' home games. However, he said the response has mostly been positive.
"I think it has been overall positive," Perez said. "Negative or positive, the town is talking Tribe, which is a good thing this time of year."
• Cleveland, with a 5-3 win Tuesday, snapped a 10-game losing streak to Detroit, dating back to August of last season. The Tigers are now 12-7 against the Tribe in the past two seasons.