Doug Fister SP WAS 4 Months

Fister gave up five runs -- four earned -- on 10 hits over 5.2 innings in a losing effort Wednesday night.

He scuffled in his start Friday too, and was spotted with stitches on the back of his neck following the removal of skin cancer. Fister told reporters that the issue wasn't a factor regarding his performance after that start, and he didn't require any additional time off around the minor procedure. He'll look to get back on track against the Dodgers in his next start Tuesday.

Doug Fister SP WAS 4 Months

Fister allowed four runs on seven hits, walking one and striking out three over six innings of a 10-3 loss to the Giants on Friday night.

Fister (12-4, 2.38 ERA) has done little wrong this season but he had a bit of an off-night in this one, including giving up a pair of long balls. He'll try to get back in the win column on the road against Philadelphia next time out.

Doug Fister SP WAS 4 Months

Fister recently had skin cancer removed from his neck, but he indicated Friday night that he's OK, William Ladson of MLB.com reports.

After being spotted with stitches on his neck, Fister shared the information with reporters on hand Friday night. By all indications, everything is under control health-wise for Fister, and he'll be ready to roll for his next scheduled start.

Doug Fister SP WAS 4 Months

Fister tossed seven strong innings versus the Pirates on Sunday, allowing two unearned runs on five hits and a walk while recording five strikeouts.

Fister continues his outstanding 2014 campaign in the nation's capital, as he now sports a 2.20 ERA across 18 starts during his first trip through the Senior Circuit. The 30-year-old righty has been especially strong during his last five outings, surrendering just two earned runs over 35.1 innings while posting a 0.88 WHIP and 25:4 K:BB ratio. Fister will look to maintain his superb rhythm on the mound Friday versus the Giants.

Doug Fister SP WAS 4 Months

Fister cruised to his 12th win of the season on Tuesday, tossing seven shutout innings while giving up seven hits and striking out three.

His ERA on the season now sits at a sparkling 2.34 with a 1.07 WHIP. Fister's K/9 rate has surprisingly dropped more than a full strikeout from last season, to 5.56 K/9, but he's also working on a career-best 1.05 BB/9, as the Nationals' infield defense (a big upgrade on what Fister had to work with in Detroit) has given him the confidence to let batters make all the weak contact they want.

Doug Fister SP WAS 5 Months

Doug Fister fired seven scoreless innings Sunday in the Nationals' 4-2 defeat of the Reds.

Fister dominated, allowing only three hits (all of them singles) and one walk while striking out five. He's now 10-2 on the season with a 2.69 ERA, 1.08 WHIP, and 54/11 K/BB ratio in 90 1/3 innings. The 30-year-old right-hander is capable of improving that strikeout rate and should be a fantasy ace down the stretch. Fister will take on the Phillies at home in his next outing.

Doug Fister SP WAS 5 Months

Doug Fister gave up two runs and nine hits in 5 2/3 innings Monday in a win over the Rockies.

Fister wasn't at his best tonight, but he didn't need to be against a Rockies lineup missing Troy Tulowitzki, Justin Morneau and Michael Cuddyer. He still managed to take a shutout into the sixth inning before giving up five hits and a walk in the frame. Fortunately, Aaron Barrett was able to strand the bases loaded by striking out Brandon Barnes.

Doug Fister SP WAS 5 Months

Doug Fister improved his record to 8-2 after limiting the Orioles to two runs over seven innings on Wednesday.

Fister put together his fourth consecutive quality start, holding the Orioles to seven hits -- including Manny Machado's solo home run -- and two walks while striking out three. Fister has turned out to be exactly what the Nationals hoped for when they traded for him, as he now carries a 2.90 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and a 45/8 K/BB ratio. When the Nationals return from the All-Star break, Fister will take the hill against the Brewers at home.

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Tuesday's game between the Orioles and Nationals was postponed due to rain.

The game will be made up on August 4. Scheduled starters Bud Norris and Doug Fister will be pushed back to Wednesday.

Doug Fister SP WAS 6 Months

Doug Fister improved to 7-2, allowing three runs over seven innings as the Nationals defeated the Rockies 4-3 on Wednesday.

Fister's effort on Wednesday was his eighth quality start out of 11 on the season. The right-hander made one big mistake, allowing a three-run homer to Michael McKenry in the second inning. Aside from that, he was tough on the Rockies, allowing just seven hits, walking none, and striking out five. Fister will bring a 2.93 ERA, a 1.05 WHIP, and a 42/6 K/BB ratio into his next start against the Orioles at home.