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Doug Fister felt tightness in his elbow after throwing

Mar 13, 2014, 12:20 PM EDT

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Doug Fister isn’t out of the woods yet with his inflamed elbow, as the Nationals right-hander felt soreness after playing catch this morning for the third straight day.

James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that Fister is still tentatively scheduled to throw a bullpen session Friday and the Nationals are hoping that it’s just some normal soreness after taking time off.

Picking him up from the Tigers was a big part of the Nationals’ offseason and drew a ton of praise for the surprisingly low price tag, but Fister hasn’t pitched in a game since March 2 and is running out of time to be ready for Opening Day even if the injury proves minor after an MRI exam showed no structural damage.

  1. NatsLady - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:28 PM

    And, while you’re at it, Ryan Zimmerman is resting for a couple of days for soreness in his (surgically-repaired) shoulder.

    • kingscourt25 - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:34 PM

      I read this on the MLBN ticker this morning as (Jordan) Zimermmann. I panicked because I just drafted him in my fantasy league.

      Anyways, carry on.

  2. karlkolchak - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:33 PM

    See you in July, Doug. Sadly, that’s the way it seems to go anytime a Nats player get hurt. “Day-to-day” turns into “any day now” turns into “15-day DL” turns into “half a season lost.”

  3. lukedunphysscienceproject - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

    Mr. Fister, you have a call on line one from a Mr. John.

    • lukedunphysscienceproject - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:08 PM

      For the record, I am not hoping for this. I just seems that every story that starts like this ends like that. I sincerely wish him the best.

      • natstowngreg - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:20 PM

        Fister had an MRI, which found no structural damage. Unlike Kris Medlen, whose MRI found structural damage. So, there is reason for hope that Fister won’t need surgery.

  4. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 13, 2014 at 12:58 PM

    If James Andrews puts a knee ligament in a pitcher’s elbow, is that considered “performance enhancement?” It seems as though that would have a greater effect on the pitcher’s performance than, say, Ritalin or HGH.

    Conversely, if taking HGH can help a player heal better/faster, and thus reduce the likelihood of needing surgery in the future, is enhancing his performance, or postponing/preventing the enhancement?

  5. pwshrugged - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:00 PM

    If Fister has gone and blown out his UCL this season, does that suddenly mean Dombrowski is a genius for trading him for spare parts and prospects? It certainly would lend some spooky credence to that whole “he must know something everyone else doesn’t…” argument.

    Not that I’m hoping for that; in whatever uniform, I think Fister is criminally underrated and I want to see him succeed. Just saying, it’d be really weird coincidence.

    • historiophiliac - Mar 13, 2014 at 1:19 PM

      If DD was that devilish, we’d have gotten better than Joba.

    • David Proctor - Mar 13, 2014 at 3:20 PM

      If DD knowingly traded an injured player, that would damage his reputation a lot. I don’t think that’s the case.

      • pwshrugged - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:14 PM

        I’m remarking more on the coincidence than something knowing; if DD had any kind of hint, though, it’d be interesting. Was there something about Fister’s offseason workout that the Tigers didn’t like? Were there signs of wear that they saw internally that weren’t as visible to the external eye? Who’s to say? It’d be an interesting side thought, is all.

        Seriously though, I wish Doug Fister all the best and I hope he has a dominant, healthy season.

      • natstowngreg - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        Yeah, there’s a big difference between knowing someone is injured, and thinking that someone might get injured. I also don’t believe Dombrowski thought Fister was damaged goods. Maybe there was something Dombrowski saw that said, keeping Fister was risky. Only Dombrowski can answer that.

        Mike Rizzo also had a responsibility, as the other party to the trade. He had to make sure he wasn’t buying damaged goods. Or, someone at high risk of becoming damaged goods. There was no indication that the Nats were taking on a significant injury risk. Indeed, Rizzo has been trying to sign Fister to a contract extension. Not something you do with damaged goods.

      • David Proctor - Mar 13, 2014 at 5:05 PM

        “Indeed, Rizzo has been trying to sign Fister to a contract extension.”


    • clydeserra - Mar 13, 2014 at 4:56 PM

      If Dombrowski knew, there is a grievance there. Its a dick move also and would hurt his team.

      If he didn’t know, and Fister has TJ and is out for a year plus, it is still a terrible deal.

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