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Doug Fister | Starting Pitcher

Team: Washington Nationals
Age / DOB:  (30) / 2/4/1984
Ht / Wt:  6'8' / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reports that Doug Fister (lat) is on pace to make his debut for the Nationals on May 7.
It's possible the exact date will be altered a bit, but that's the day that looks to make the most sense right now. Fister threw two innings Thursday in an extended spring training game and had "no issues," according to manager Matt Williams. "He felt good about it," Williams added. "Reports are his first inning was better than his second inning, which is a good sign." Fister will begin a once-every-five-days schedule and is on pace to make his season debut in three weeks. Apr 17 - 6:34 PM

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Doug Fister (lat) threw two innings Thursday in an extended spring training game.

Fister threw a total of 28 pitches. He's expected to three innings next time out before going on a minor league rehab assignment. Barring any setbacks, the hope is that he'll join Washington's rotation in about 20 days.
Apr 17 - 4:25 PM

Doug Fister (lat) headed to extended spring training in Viera, Florida on Wednesday.

Fister will begin working on a five-day throwing schedule, beginning with two simulated innings on Thursday. He'll then throw three simulated innings five days after, and a rehab assignment could follow that workout. Fister should join the Nationals around early May and will be a front-line fantasy starter once he is activated.
Apr 16 - 5:18 PM

Doug Fister (lat) threw 50 pitches Monday in another bullpen session.

Fister said he felt good and called it "another step in the right direction." He appears to be closing in on a minor league rehab assignment, setting up a return in early May if all goes well.
Apr 14 - 4:22 PM

Doug Fister (lat) threw a successful 35-pitch bullpen session Friday.

He didn't throw breaking balls, but Fister felt good while throwing fastballs and changeups. He'll play catch again next before then throwing another bullpen session. He seems likely to be ready for a rehab assignment before the end of the month, with a return in early May looking likely if he can avoid setbacks.
Apr 11 - 5:29 PM

Doug Fister (lat) has been cleared to begin throwing off a mound and will do so Friday or Saturday.

Fister had a good day of flat-ground throwing on Thursday afternoon, which Washington manager Matt Williams called a "good step." There is no official timetable yet for the right-hander's Nationals debut, but if he stays on track it should be sometime in early-to-mid May.
Apr 10 - 1:25 PM

Doug Fister (lat) long-tossed from 120 feet Tuesday and "felt good," according to Nationals manager Matt Williams.

After a bit of rest, Williams said Fister will then stretch the long-toss out "just a touch further" before progressing to throwing to a catcher on flat ground. It's not clear when Fister will be ready for mound work, and the Nats haven't set a timetable for the right-hander's return. Early May seems like a realistic target.
Apr 9 - 10:03 AM

Doug Fister (lat) played catch Sunday for the first time since being placed on the disabled list.

Nationals pitching coach Steve McCatty said Fister felt "no pain." The right-hander figures to long-toss next before eventually progressing to mound work. Fister is shooting to join the Nats' rotation in early May, but that's not a hard and fast timetable.
Apr 6 - 11:21 AM

Nationals manager Mike Rizzo said Friday that Doug Fister (lat) should resume a throwing program "any day now."

It was reported earlier this week that he would resume throwing Thursday, but that turned out not to be the case. However, Fister's recovery from a strained lat is going well and he seems likely to pick up a ball sometime over the weekend. The right-hander is shooting to join the Nats' rotation in early May.
Apr 4 - 11:38 AM

Doug Fister (lat) will not resume throwing Thursday.

But the right-hander told Mark Zuckerman of CSN Washington that he is "moving forward" in his recovery from a late-spring lat strain. There is no timetable for Fister's debut with the Nationals, giving Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan more opportunities to impress.
Apr 3 - 11:02 AM

Doug Fister (lat) is expected to resume throwing Thursday.

Fister will start out by playing catch on flat ground from a distance of 60 feet and then work his way up from there. The Nationals are hoping that he'll be ready to join their starting rotation around early May. He suffered a lat strain on March 27 and also dealt with elbow inflammation throughout the spring.
Apr 2 - 5:32 PM

Nationals placed RHP Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with a lat strain.

Fister will be shut down for the next five days and could miss as much as a month. Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan will both be in the Nats' season-opening rotation.
Mar 29 - 1:10 PM

William Ladson of reports that Doug Fister (lat) will begin the season on the disabled list.

It was the assumption after Fister exited Thursday's minor league outing with a lat strain. That, combined with the elbow inflammation he's battled this camp, makes it an easy decision to DL him. It's not clear at this point how long the right-hander will be sidelined. Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan were battling for the fifth spot in the rotation, but they'll now both be in the starting five with Fister out.
Mar 28 - 2:52 PM

Doug Fister was pulled from a minor league start Thursday in Nationals camp because of a lat strain.

Fister has already been battling elbow inflammation and can probably now be ruled out for the first few weeks of April. The Nationals should provide a status update shortly. Fister was acquired from the Tigers over the winter for utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi and minor league left-handers Ian Krol and Robbie Ray. Because of Fister's injury, Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan will both be in the Nationals' season-opening rotation.
Mar 27 - 3:30 PM

Doug Fister is on track to make his first start with the Nationals on March 6.

Fister made his first start since March 2 on Saturday, going 3 2/3 innings in his return from elbow inflammation. The plan is to have Fister throw 60-to-65 pitches in a Grapefruit League start Thursday and, if all goes well, he'll pitch in a minor league game on April 1 to continue to build his stamina. Barring a setback, he'll rejoin his team on April 6 for the start against the Braves. It's a very promising development for the right-hander.
Mar 23 - 1:13 PM

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