Doug Fister SP WAS 12 Days

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.

Doug Fister SP WAS 14 Days

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.

Doug Fister SP WAS 15 Days

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.

Doug Fister SP WAS 16 Days

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.

Doug Fister SP WAS 20 Days

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.

Doug Fister SP WAS 21 Days

William Ladson of MLB.com 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.

Doug Fister SP WAS 22 Days

Doug Fister left a minor league start on 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.

Doug Fister SP WAS 26 Days

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.

Doug Fister SP WAS 27 Days

Doug Fister was strong in his return from a sore elbow Saturday, pitching 3 2/3 scoreless innings against the Marlins.

Fister was only slated to go three, but the Nationals let him start the fourth because he was pitching efficiently and he felt good. He allowed two hits, walked none and struck out four before coming out. If his next outing goes anywhere near as well, he'll likely get to start the fifth or sixth game of the season for the Nationals.

Doug Fister SP WAS 1 Month

Doug Fister (elbow) is scheduled to return to Grapefruit League action Saturday against the Marlins.

Fister has been out since March 2 with elbow inflammation, but he threw two-plus innings in a minor league game on Monday and has now been cleared to resume facing live hitters. He doesn't expect to miss a turn in the Nationals' regular-season rotation and has the potential to be a fantasy ace this year in Washington.