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Doug Fister leaves game with a lat strain

Mar 27, 2014, 4:02 PM EDT

Doug Fister‘s spring has been a mess. It just got messier:

He was pitching in a minor league game because he’s behind the rest of the Nats’ staff due to elbow tightness earlier this month.

Fister was a big get for the Nats this past offseason and, if he is the pitcher he was in Detroit, he represents a really nice upgrade for Washington. But one has to wonder now when the fans in D.C. will even see him.

  1. David Proctor - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Even if Fister missed the rest of the year, I don’t think it’s a good trade for the Tigers and a good trade for the Nats. You still get a year of Fister for nothing.

    Of course, lats aren’t season-long injuries so that’s a moot point, just pointing it out. I’d guess Fister is out until late April or early May at the soonest. Could be worse. Could be trotting out Aaron Harang and David Hale.

    • jeffchadwick - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:35 PM

      You’re not really getting a year of anything if Fister missed the rest of the year. Under no circumstances would the Nationals be the “winner” in this trade if that actually happened (which it probably will not).

      • David Proctor - Mar 27, 2014 at 4:37 PM

        Fister has two years of team control. If he missed the whole year, you still get next year. That’s all I’m saying. He won’t miss the whole year, but even if he did, what did the Nats really give up?

        Think of it this way: if this trade happened next year, would it be viewed so differently? Not by a lot, imo.

    • jjschiller - Apr 6, 2014 at 11:19 PM

      Yeah, I guess it could be worse. You could trot out Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg and watch them BOTH get beat!

  2. historiophiliac - Mar 27, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    The sick out is working perfectly. Keep this up and they’ll trade you back for Don Kelly in no time!

  3. chad10 - Mar 28, 2014 at 7:23 AM

    Edwin Jackson, Dan Haren, and now Doug Fister. They should call whoever ends up the fourth and fifth starters the fifth and sixth starters, like they skip the 13th floor in some elevators. “Fourth starter” is just bad luck for the Nats.

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