Doug Fister appears ready to make his next rehab appearance this weekend, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams. Williams, in his pregame news conference Thursday, said that Fister (lat strain) felt fine after a 40-pitch bullpen session earlier in the day. His next start is scheduled for Sunday, which the manager thinks will be with the Class A Potomac Nationals of the Carolina League.
The Washington Nationals fell to 11-10 on the season following a 7-2 loss to the Los Angeles Angels on Tuesday. The Nationals are 4-8 in their last twelve games after a 7-2 start. The biggest reason for the slump is a pitching staff which has allowed 57 runs in their last eight losses. Although tenth in the league in ERA, the Nationals will get further help soon, as Doug Fister is on track...
Doug Fister took another step in his recovery from a right lat strain on Tuesday, throwing his second simulated game in extended spring training in Viera, Fla. The three-inning, 44-pitch outing went well, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams, and the right-hander is expected to return to Washington on Thursday before making a Minor League rehab start on Sunday.
Fister struggled through elbow inflammation during the Spring and then went down with a lat strain. His timetable is more wait and see, but in the meantime, Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark will try to impress and become intriguing stream and deep league options. - Rich Migliorisi
An unnamed source claims Fister will indeed begin the season on the 15-day disabled list with a lat strain, not the elbow discomfort that he was having earlier in spring training. Though the club has not officially made a statement, one should be on the way. - David Wiers
Our prediction is that Fister leapfrogs new teammate Jordan Zimmermann , and we're willing to take him as our number two starter if need be. Of course, we may not need to, given his ADP, but games of fantasy chicken are another story altogether. - Alex McCrum
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