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Doug Fister | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/4/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'8" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Doug Fister was outstanding in Thursday’s victory over the Braves, scattering four hits over seven scoreless innings.
Fister walked just one and punched out four on the afternoon. After experiencing reduced velocity in his first start back from the disabled list, the veteran right-hander looked to be in vintage form on Thursday, throwing 113 pitches over his seven frames. He’ll look to replicate this fine outing in a rematch against the Braves in Atlanta on Wednesday. Jun 25 - 7:17 PM

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In his return from the disabled list, Doug Fister yielded five runs in 5 1/3 innings Thursday in a loss to the Rays.

This wasn't good. It wasn't good at all. Fister's velocity was already well down before he went on the DL with a flexor tendon strain. Instead of the rest helping him out in that department, he was working in the 84-87 mph range tonight, further down from the 86-89 mph range at the beginning of the year. It's not hopeless yet, but it will be time to give up on him in mixed leagues if he can't regain some heat over these next few weeks.
Jun 18 - 11:04 PM

Nationals activated RHP Doug Fister from the 15-day disabled list.

Fister will return to the Nationals' starting rotation on Thursday night against the Rays. He struck out six batters over six shutout innings in his last rehab start Friday at Double-A Harrisburg and is safe for immediate activation in fantasy leagues.
Jun 18 - 3:52 PM

Doug Fister (elbow) will start for the Nationals on Thursday against the Rays.

Fister struck out six batters over six shutout innings in his second rehab start Friday at Double-A Harrisburg and then made it through a bullpen session Tuesday without issue. He has been on the disabled list since mid-May with a right elbow strain.
Jun 16 - 5:23 PM

Doug Fister (elbow) came away from Friday's rehab start feeling good and believes he's ready to rejoin the Nationals rotation.

Fister looked terrific as he struck out six over six shutout innings at Double-A Harrisburg on Friday. As long as everything goes well with his next bullpen session, he will rejoin the Nats rotation at some point next week.
Jun 13 - 2:39 PM

Doug Fister (elbow) threw six shutout innings in his minor league rehab start with Double-A Harrisburg on Friday.

Fister allowed just two hits on the night while striking out six and walking none. The expectation is that he will now rejoin the Nationals rotation next week, perhaps on Thursday against the Rays. Before hitting the disabled list, Fister posted a 4.31 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 18/10 K/BB ratio over 39 2/3 innings.
Jun 12 - 10:14 PM

Doug Fister (elbow) will make one more rehab start Friday with Double-A Harrisburg.

The expectation is that he'll be cleared to rejoin the Nationals' rotation after that. Fister has been on the disabled list since May 15 with a flexor strain in his right elbow. He allowed two runs -- one earned -- over 3 2/3 innings in his rehab debut this past Saturday with Triple-A Syracuse.
Jun 9 - 5:33 PM

Doug Fister (elbow) fared well in his first minor league rehab start with Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, allowing two runs (one earned) on seven hits over 3 2/3 innings.

Fister threw 63 pitches in the outing, 47 of them for strikes, racking up six strikeouts on the afternoon. While no decision has been made on where his next start will come, it's likely that he will require one more rehab start before rejoining the Nationals rotation.
Jun 7 - 6:26 PM

Doug Fister (elbow) is expected to begin a rehab assignment soon.

A date and place hasn't been set yet, but Fister through a 40-pitch bullpen session without issue Thursday and reported no ill after effects Friday. The right-hander would figure to need at least 2-3 rehab outings, so a return in late June is probably a best-case scenario. Fister is working his way back from a flexor tendon strain.
Jun 5 - 4:31 PM

Doug Fister (elbow) threw 40 pitches in a bullpen session Thursday.

Fister reportedly threw all of his pitches and felt good. They'll likely see how he feels Friday before deciding on the next step, but he's moving in the right direction. Fister has been out since mid-May with a flexor tendon strain.
Jun 4 - 4:35 PM

Doug Fister (elbow) will throw secondary pitches in a bullpen session later this week.

Fister had a light bullpen session on Monday where he threw only fastballs that he said "went as well as expected." He's now ready to mix in some breaking pitches and says the soreness in his pitching arm has "pretty much subsided completely." There's still no timetable for his return, but he's progressing.
Jun 2 - 9:16 PM

Doug Fister (elbow) threw a 20-25 pitch, light bullpen session on Monday.

It's the first time he's thrown off a mound since being diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain over two weeks ago. The Nationals will continue to bring Fister along slowly, as there's no timetable for his return. He probably can't be counted on to contribute much before the All-Star break even if he progresses without any setbacks.
Jun 1 - 4:41 PM

Doug Fister (elbow) will resume a throwing program on Wednesday.

He'll first play catch from 60 feet before progressing to long-toss and then a bullpen session. The Nationals aren't setting a timetable for his return, but obviously they'll be careful after Fister was diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain. "The longer he’s off, the longer it will take tot get back," manager Matt Williams said. "But if he feels okay, it can be a fairly aggressive program to get throwing. They’ll start him 60 [feet], get him long toss, he’ll do flat ground, he’ll do bullpen, and be ready to go. It’s unclear at this point, but if he gets back in there and starts throwing, it’s a good sign."
May 27 - 11:03 AM

Doug Fister (forearm) said Sunday that he is feeling better and hopes to begin throwing soon.

Fister admitted that it's a slow process, noting, "The process of getting complete game ready is going to be a little bit, but I'm making strides every day." While it's a positive development, there is still no clear timetable for his return. Tanner Roark will occupy his spot in the rotation in the meantime.
May 24 - 10:19 PM

Doug Fister has been diagnosed with a flexor tendon strain.

The Nationals haven't established a timetable for his return. It could be a while. Fister suffered the injury Thursday after a long rain delay. That outing raised his ERA from 2.87 to where it stands now at 4.31. A.J. Cole will absorb Fister's spot in the starting rotation.
May 16 - 7:07 PM

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