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Doug Fister will begin the season on the disabled list

Mar 28, 2014, 3:20 PM EDT

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Nationals right-hander Doug Fister dealt with elbow problems early in spring training and then, just when he was over them and getting ready to start the season healthy, he suffered a strained lat muscle in yesterday’s game.

William Ladson of reports that Fister will be placed on the disabled list to begin the season, which likely means Taylor Jordan and Tanner Roark will both be in the Nationals’ rotation after competing with each other for the fifth-starter gig previously.

Fister was acquired from the Tigers this offseason in a trade that had many people wondering why Detroit gave him up so cheaply, but his spring was filled with setbacks. He started 32 games last season and logged 209 innings with a 3.67 ERA and 159/44 K/BB ratio.

  1. number42is1 - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:27 PM

    Thank you to Craig for forever making me see this mans name as “Dog Fister”

  2. aceshigh11 - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM

    Forget Fister…what’s Furbush up to?

  3. emdash01 - Mar 28, 2014 at 3:32 PM

    I’ll be interested to hear from the Nationals how severe the strain is – this isn’t much of an indicator, as even if it’s very minor he wouldn’t have time to build up the arm strength by the time they need a fifth starter on the 6th and they wouldn’t want to play short-handed.

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