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Doug Fister recently had skin cancer removed from his neck

Aug 23, 2014, 11:05 AM EDT

Doug Fister AP AP

According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington, Nationals right-hander Doug Fister revealed last night that he had skin cancer removed from his neck this week.

Fister could be seen with a row of stitches on the left side of his neck during his start last night against the Giants. He ended up giving up four runs over six innings – his worst start since June 15 — but he told reporters after the game that the procedure had “no effect” on his performance.

Fister offered no other details about the situation, but skin cancer is a big danger for baseball players, coaches, and scouts, who obviously spend a lot of time in the sun. James Wagner of the Washington Post wrote an excellent story on the issue earlier this year.

  1. perryt200 - Aug 23, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Pine tar?

  2. larrymahnken - Aug 23, 2014 at 3:13 PM

    This explains why the Tigers traded him. Dombrowski overheard a conversation about this and thought they were saying Fister was a clubhouse cancer.

  3. bajamex - Aug 23, 2014 at 6:54 PM

    A verruca? There are instances of cancer manifesting that way but it is of no risk whatsoever because most are benign cancerigenous growths, but still people need to check their health and bodies.

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