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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 gave up only two runs in six innings, earning the win as the Nationals beat the Marlins 7-2 on Wednesday.
Ichiro Suzuki hit an RBI double in the second inning and Adeiny Hechavarria added an RBI single in the fourth to account for the damage. Fister, overall, allowed four hits and a walk while striking out four. He's only had a couple of solid starts since coming off of the disabled list and owns a 4.39 ERA with a 1.43 WHIP and a 42/18 K/BB ratio over 80 innings. Fister matches up at home with the Diamondbacks next. Jul 29 - 10:32 PM

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Doug Fister surrendered four runs in five innings Thursday in a loss to the Pirates.

That's the same line he had last time out against the Dodgers. Fister just doesn't have much margin for error with his velocity down, and while he can help himself by keeping the walks to the minimum, he hasn't been able to spread out the singles and doubles lately. The Nationals will give him more time to get it together, but if he's still struggling when Stephen Strasburg returns, he might get bounced from the rotation.
Jul 23 - 10:37 PM

Doug Fister allowed four earned runs over five innings Saturday in a loss to the Dodgers.

Yasiel Puig drove in a run with an infield single in the top of the second and then the Dodgers piled on three more in the top of the fifth. That's all the help Clayton Kershaw would need. Fister walked two, gave up nine hits, and struck out only one. He'll look for better results next week in a road start against the Pirates.
Jul 18 - 6:51 PM

Doug Fister limited the Reds to two runs (one earned) over six innings, but took a no-decision as the Nationals ended up losing on Monday.

Fister allowed his first run on an RBI double to the opposing pitcher. It may as well have been an earned run as it was set up by Fister's throwing error. His second run scored on a Eugenio Suarez RBI single in the sixth inning. Overall, Fister gave up eight hits and a walk while striking out two. He'll bring a 4.08 ERA, 1.38 WHIP, and a 31/14 K/BB ratio over 64 innings into a start in Baltimore against the Orioles.
Jul 6 - 10:29 PM

Doug Fister was tagged for four runs in six innings by the Braves in a loss Wednesday.

It was just one bad inning, as Fister allowed two homers and all four runs in the fourth. His velocity was about the same as last time out, which was better than in his return from the DL but not where he was last year. He's probably just a fifth starter in mixed leagues as is.
Jul 2 - 1:20 AM

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

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.
Source: Syracuse.com
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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Wilson Ramos
2Jose Lobaton
1B1Ryan Zimmerman
2Tyler Moore
3Clint Robinson
2B1Anthony Rendon
2Danny Espinosa
3Dan Uggla
SS1Ian Desmond
3B1Yunel Escobar
LF1Jayson Werth
2Michael Taylor
3Reed Johnson
CF1Denard Span
2Nate McLouth
RF1Bryce Harper
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Stephen Strasburg
2Max Scherzer
3Jordan Zimmermann
4Doug Fister
5Gio Gonzalez
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Jonathan Papelbon
2Drew Storen
3Casey Janssen
4Matt Thornton
5Aaron Barrett
6Tanner Roark
7Felipe Rivero
8David Carpenter
9Craig Stammen