Doug Fister SP WAS 1 week ago

Fister has been diagnosed with a flexor strain in his pitching arm, but is not planning to undergo surgery at this time, James Wagner of the Washington Post reports.

There was cause for concern after Fister was surprisingly placed on the disabled list Friday, but fantasy owners and Nationals fans can breathe a sigh of relief for now, as he will not immediately require surgery, and was cleared of any sort of elbow injury. Fister still faces an uncertain recovery timetable, and isn't entirely out of the woods in regards to surgery, but as things stand his potential return date will be measured in weeks instead of months.

Doug Fister SP WAS 1 week ago

Fister was placed on the 15-day DL with right forearm tightness Friday.

Fister was throwing softly, even by his standards, down in the 84-86 mph range and this explains why. He has also had problems locating down in the zone this season, so the injury seems to fit. This could be the precursor for surgery but we don't have enough information at this moment to do anything but play the waiting game. A.J. Cole was recalled and will presumably take Fister's spot in the rotation for the foreseeable future.

Doug Fister SP WAS 1 week ago

Fister had a rough night, allowing seven runs and eight hits in only two innings Thursday against the Padres.

Fister retired the first two Padres batters in the first before Matt Kemp and Justin Upton singled ahead of Derek Norris's three-run home run. In the second, Cory Spangenberg hit a solo home run while Upton had an RBI single and Norris had a two-run triple. Fister's ERA ballooned up to 4.31 and he'll look to bounce back in his next scheduled start Wednesday against the Yankees.

Doug Fister SP WAS 2 weeks ago

Fister turned in a quality start on Saturday, allowing three runs on six hits over 6.2 innings, striking out three.

A win turned into a no-decision when Aaron Barnett and Tanner Roark couldn't hold a three run lead in the eighth, but Fister still produced his fourth QS in six starts. He'll take a 2.87 ERA and 1.25 WHIP into San Diego on Thursday.

Doug Fister SP WAS 3 weeks ago

Fister tossed 6.1 shutout innings Sunday, scattering five hits and striking out three, to pick up his second win of the season.

He now has a solid 2.61 ERA through five starts. Fister relies on his defense too much to be a top-end fantasy option, but in formats where wins and quality starts matter more than K's, he still has plenty of value.

Doug Fister SP WAS 4 weeks ago

Fister wasn't at his best Monday, getting a no-decision after allowing five runsfour earnedin 5.2 innings.

Fister allowed 10 hits and struck out just three in the uneven start. He has now allowed 10 runs over his last two starts after surrendering two total in his first two. He'll look to get back on track this weekend when the Nationals travel to face the Mets.

Doug Fister SP WAS 1 month ago

Fister escaped with no decision Wednesday despite allowing five runs (four earned) on seven hits and two walks in six innings against the Cardinals.

Not a pretty start for the veteran, but at least his teammates mounted a comeback that got him off the hook. Fister's owners may have been spoiled a little by his 0.69 ERA over two starts against the Phillies to open the year, but as long as he's healthy, he should remain a well-above-average rotation arm for Washington this year.

Doug Fister SP WAS 1 month ago

Fister pitched 6.2 innings Wednesday, giving up two runs- one earned- on four hits and four walks while striking out four to pick up the win against the Phillies.

Fister's command looked good all game, but he got tired in the seventh and needed to be relieved. Nonetheless, his effort Thursday was good enough to earn his first win of the season. Fister will face off against St. Louis on Wednesday in his next start.

Doug Fister SP WAS 1 month ago

Fister came away with a tough no-decision on Saturday, tossing 6.1 scoreless innings while allowing six hits and a walk, striking out one.

The Nationals' bullpen failed to protect a lead for Fister, but otherwise his 2015 debut was everything his fantasy owners could have hoped for. He'll get another crack at the Phillies on Thursday back home in DC.

Doug Fister SP WAS 2 months ago

Fister allowed one run on four hits and a walk over 2.1 innings in Friday's Grapefruit League action, striking out two.

The sinkerballer had to deal with some sloppy mid-March glove work behind him, but otherwise Fister seems well on his way to being ready for Opening Day. He may not be able to repeat his career-best 2.41 ERA, but if he stays healthy he could take a run at topping last season's 16 wins, given the defense and run support he should get.