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Doug Fister could pitch in a minor league game on Sunday

Mar 14, 2014, 10:20 PM EDT

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The Nationals’ acquisition of Doug Fister from the Tigers was viewed as a huge coup over the winter, but the right-hander showed up in camp in February complaining of elbow soreness. He has made only one Grapefruit League appearance to date — a two-inning stint against the Marlins on March 2.

Per James Wagner of the Washington Post, pitching coach Steve McCatty says Fister could take the next step by throwing two innings in a minor league game on Sunday if he feels well enough Saturday. If Fister avoids setbacks, he should be able to rejoin the rotation in time for the start of the regular season.

Over the last three seasons, Fister has emerged as one of the better pitchers in the game, abstaining from walks and using a high ground ball rate to keep runs off the board. Since the start of 2011, Fister has a 3.30 ERA in 586 2/3 innings along with the 17th highest ground ball rate among starting pitchers.

  1. David Proctor - Mar 14, 2014 at 11:28 PM

    Bill, Fister didn’t show up in camp complaining of soreness. The initial report had a typo, referring to his first start as on Feb 2. Of course, his first start of the spring was on March 2 (games had not even started on Feb 2.). Later reports have had the correct date but the initial typo (a bad one) keeps getting circulated. He had some soreness after his first start on MARCH 2. Just thought I’d give you a heads up.

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