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Fister (3-4) allowed four runs on seven hits and two walks while striking out four in six innings Wednesday against the Braves.

After shutting out the Braves in his most recent start, Fister gave up four runs and picked up his third loss in four starts. The Braves beat Washington for the first time since the opening game of the season series on April 27 -- also against Fister. The 31-year-old's next start is scheduled for Monday against Cincinnati.

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Fister (3-3) pitched seven scoreless innings against the Braves on Thursday, giving up four hits and one walk while striking out four.

Fister's seven scoreless innings added to Washington's 41.1 consecutive scoreless innings by a Washington starter over its past six games, all Nationals victories. In just his second start since a stint on the disabled list caused by right forearm tightness, Fister came on and pitched seven innings, his longest outing of the season. He'll look to have a repeat performance in his next scheduled start Monday when he faces off again against the the Braves.

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Fister (2-3) struggled in his first start back from the disabled list Thursday, giving up five runs on nine hits in 5.1 innings against Tampa Bay.

The control was there, as he didn't walk anyone, and as usual, Fister didn't miss many bats (three strikeouts). He'd been inconsistent at best prior to landing on the DL in mid-May, making last season's fluky 2.41 ERA look like even more of an outlier. That said, it's strange for a pitcher like Fister to fall off a cliff this suddenly, so he's probably got a bounceback in him. He'll try to do just that Wednesday against Atlanta.

Doug Fister SP WAS 2 weeks ago

Fister (forearm) was officially activated from the disabled list Thursday and will start against the Rays.

Fister has been sidelined since mid-May with the forearm issue, but will finally rejoin the rotation Thursday. The move will initially move Joe Ross back a day, as Tanner Roark will go on the disabled list, but Fister will remain a fixture of the Nationals rotation regardless of how the rest shakes out.

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Fister (forearm) will return to the rotation Thursday against the Rays, William Ladson of reports.

After throwing a bullpen session without issue Monday, Fister will be reinserted into the rotation Thursday, taking the spot of rookie Joe Ross. Fister, who has not pitched since May 14, is 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA and 1.41 WHIP in seven starts (39.2 innings) this season.

Doug Fister SP WAS 3 weeks ago

Fister (forearm) emerged from Monday's bullpen session feeling fine and said he feels ready to rejoin the rotation this week, Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post reports.

A return now appears imminent, as Fister has worked through his rehab appearances and bullpen sessions without issue. While the Nats are yet to announce when he'll rejoin the rotation, it could be as early as Thursday when rookie Joe Ross, whose spot Fister is expected to take, is slated to take the hill.

Doug Fister SP WAS 3 weeks ago

Fister (forearm) will throw a bullpen session before the Nationals determine if he's ready to be activated from the DL, Brandon Curry of reports. "He's back in D.C. [Saturday], doing some throwing. We'll get him through a bullpen [session] and see where he's at," manager Matt Williams said.

Assuming all goes well, Fister will likely replace rookie Joe Ross in the rotation and get back on the mound Thursday.

Doug Fister SP WAS 3 weeks ago

Fister (forearm) tossed six scoreless innings during his rehab start Friday at Double-A Harrisburg. He gave up two hits, no walks, and struck out four batters.

The Nationals were going to use Friday's rehab start as a means of gauging how well Fister was coming along from his forearm injury, and suffice to say, he passed the test. Unless the team wants Fister to raise his pitch count beyond the 70 he threw Friday night, he'll likely be on track to rejoin the Nationals rotation next week, presumably replacing Joe Ross.

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Fister (forearm) will make a rehab start at Double-A Harrisburg on Friday, after which the Nationals will decide whether or not to activate him, Dan Kolko of MASN reports.

Fister hit the DL just under a month ago with a flexor strain in his throwing arm, but he appears close to returning to the big league club. He made a rehab start at triple-A Syracuse over the weekend, allowing seven hits and two runs (one earned) over 3.2 innings. He'll likely look to go deeper into the game Friday in hopes of proving he's ready to return to the rotation.

Doug Fister SP WAS 4 weeks ago

Fister (forearm) allowed seven hits and two runs (one earned) over 3.2 innings for Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday, reports.

Fister's first rehab appearance went okay, but the biggest success was the fact that he had no discomfort in his forearm. With 65 pitches set as his limit Sunday, his next rehab appearance should expand the number of pitches he throws, and could possibly be his final before rejoining the Nats' rotation if everything goes well.