10DDoug Fister
SP TEX
22 hours ago

Fister (hip) threw a 40-pitch bullpen session Sunday and could be activated from the 10-day disabled list to start Wednesday against the Athletics, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

The bullpen session was Fister's second in three days and suggests that he'll likely be able to avoid a rehab assignment if his strained right hip provides no unexpected complications over the next few days. Fister's return would afford an extra two days of rest for Mike Minor, who the Rangers have been reluctant to use on a normal four-day rest schedule between starts while the left-hander has transitioned from a bullpen to a rotation role.

10DDoug Fister
SP TEX
3 days ago

Fister (hip) tossed a 58-pitch bullpen session Friday and will be evaluated by the team to determine his next step, TR Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fister was placed on the disabled list last Tuesday due to a hip strain and was finally able to resume throwing after giving his body a week to rest. It has yet to be decided whether he will require a rehab appearance at the minor-league level, but there will likely be an update on his status within the next couple days.

10DDoug Fister
SP TEX
7 days ago

Fister (hip) has not yet begun a throwing program, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fister is eligible to come of the disabled list this coming Saturday, but given he's not throwing yet, it's a good bet he'll be out another week beyond the minimum. This means Bartolo Colon will remain in the rotation for at least another two weeks, though probably longer if he continues to pitch as he did Sunday.

10DDoug Fister
SP TEX
2 weeks ago

Fister (hip) was placed on the 10-day disabled list Tuesday.

EDGE Analysis

The Rangers made a pair of DL moves Tuesday with both Fister and Rougned Odor (hamstring) landing on the shelf. Fister is dealing with a hip strain, which leaves the Rangers in a lurch as far as their rotation goes for the time being. Bartolo Colon is one option currently on the 25-man roster that could fill in for a spot start, however.

10DDoug Fister
SP TEX
2 weeks ago

Fister (1-2) got his second loss of the season against the Angels on Monday, giving up three earned runs on six hits, striking out five and walking none in an 8-3 loss for the Rangers.

EDGE Analysis

Fister was able to limit the damage to the three earned runs but it wasn't enough to put him in line for a win as the Angels ended up tagging the Rangers' bullpen for five runs in the defeat. Fister has a 1.61 WHIP and opponents are hitting .309 off him so far this year, so he wouldn't become a viable streaming option until he shows some signs of improving on those numbers.

10DDoug Fister
SP TEX
3 weeks ago

Fister (1-1) allowed five runs (two earned) on seven hits, two walks and a hit batsman while striking out five over 3.2 innings in Wednesday's 6-2 loss to the Athletics.

EDGE Analysis

Fister was done after 85 pitches (49 strikes) as a combination of factors, including his inability to throw strikes, the location of his sinker and shoddy defense, forced him out early. "He seemed to fight his delivery a little and was in and out of his rhythm," Rangers manager Jeff Banister Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. "The ball-strike ratio didn't seem like it was there." Fister lives and dies with his sinker, so it's imperative for the defense behind him to make plays, and he can't be putting extra men on base when the sinker isn't producing infield grounders. After two starts for Fister, it's been one good game, one bad game. His next start comes Monday at home against the Angels.

10DDoug Fister
SP TEX
3 weeks ago

Fister (1-0) got the win, giving up one earned run on four hits over five innings while striking out three and walking three in the Rangers' 5-1 victory over the Astros on Friday.

EDGE Analysis

Fister outdueled Dallas Keuchel to pick up the victory on Friday in his first start as a Ranger after signing a one-year deal in the offseason. It was an impressive debut for the veteran but Fister has seldom been more than an average major-league pitcher throughout his career and he had a 4.88 ERA in 90.1 innings for the Red Sox after he was claimed off waivers by Boston last season. If he can string a few more starts like Friday's together, he could be worth a look as a back-end starter but it's probably best to take wait and see approach before taking a flyer on him.

10DDoug Fister
SP TEX
1 month ago

Fister is scheduled to pitch the second game of the season, March 30, at home against the Astros, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports.

EDGE Analysis

Fister will follow No. 1 starter Cole Hamels in the rotation to start the season. That was a spot tentatively reserved for Martin Perez, who will open the season on the disabled list to finish off his recovery from an injury to his non-throwing left elbow. In three Cactus League starts, Fister allowed seven runs on 15 hits and one walk over 10.1 innings. It's all about the sinker for Fister. He can go on impressive streaks when he's down in the zone, but the inconsistency gets him into trouble.

10DDoug Fister
SP TEX
1 month ago

Fister allowed three hits without a walk and struck out one over five scoreless innings in Thursday's game against Milwaukee.

EDGE Analysis

Fister has not allowed a run in eight Cactus League innings, a sign that his sinker his is working this spring. "If I'm in the air, I'm screwed and that's not to put it lightly," Fister told Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News. "I've got to keep it on the ground, it doesn't stay in the park too often. It's something I really have to focus on and emphasize to make sure I make a quality pitch and keep the ball down in the zone." The 34-year-old got seven of his 15 outs on grounders.

10DDoug Fister
SP TEX
2 months ago

Rangers manager Jeff Banister said Monday that while he intends to use a six-man rotation this season, Fister, Cole Hamels and Matt Moore will remain on normal pitching schedules in 2018, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.

EDGE Analysis

Though Banister didn't say so explicitly, Martin Perez (elbow) is also expected to receive his usual four days of rest between starts once he's healthy, meaning that back-end rotation candidates Mike Minor, Matt Bush and Bartolo Colon would be more affected by the six-man setup. Assuming Banister sticks to his word, Fister can generally be expected to take the hill once every five or six days, which would put him on track for 30-plus starts if he's able to avoid the disabled list in 2018.