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Nationals place Doug Fister on DL, could be out a month

Mar 29, 2014, 1:44 PM EST

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[Updated 3:18 p.m.]

The Nationals have placed Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with a right lat strain retroactive to March 23, manager Matt Williams announced on Saturday. Fister will now be shut down for five days before throwing again and the total recovery process could take up to a month.

Williams says the next course of action will depend on how Fister feels in five days.

“We’ll see where he’s at and then start the process of getting him back. That’s the plan. We’ll see how he goes over the next few, then get him back on his program.”

Williams wasn’t specific on the timeline, reiterating that they will not know until he begins throwing again. He called it a “moving target.”

“It’s three weeks, it’s 30 days, it depends on what we can do to get him back to full strength so that when he steps on the mound for us, he’s ready to go.”

Fister expressed frustration with how his Nationals career will begin, but is hopeful for a full recovery sooner than later.

“It’s never a good thing no matter when it is. It’s disheartening, but it’s something that’s necessary and we gotta take care of it and get it over with.”

Fister originally hurt his elbow early in spring and returned to the mound before leaving a minor league start on Thursday. It was then determined he had a right lat strain after feeling discomfort on a first inning defensive play.

“I think it’s more precaution that anything,” Williams said. “I don’t think it had anything to do with the elbow. The elbow has been fine so far, since he had the inflammation. It’s just one of those things. I don’t think it was overcompensation in any regard.”

Fister also believes the two are not related.

“I don’t feel like anything has led to this,” he said. “I don’t think there’s really any way to say. There’s really no rhyme or reason for any of it. It’s a matter of now we got and issue and we have to take care of it.”

Fister’s injury allows both Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan to make the Nationals’ roster. They had been competing for the fifth spot in the rotation throughout spring training.

Williams said the Nationals’ rotation will proceed with Roark starting the team’s home opener against the Atlanta Braves on April 4. After him Stephen Strasburg will make his second start of the season on April 5, and Jordan will then pitch that Sunday on April 6.

  1. Doc - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    The curse of #4 continues.

    Time to put a Native Indian Medicine Man on the case.

    Don’t think that we’ll miss too many beats with Roark and Taylor.

    Go Nats!!!!!

  2. Section 222 - Mar 29, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    I’m glad we have Roark and Jordan ready to start the season, but let’s face it, neither of them is Doug Fister. To say we won’t be hurt by this is silly. Fister is not EJax or Haren, he’s a potential No. 2 in some rotations.

    I’m glad they are prepared to let him take a month if necessary though. No sense in rushing him. As I’ve said before, we need him to be strong in October.

  3. Candide - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:06 PM


    Well, at least we have an easy April schedule, according to the wise men.

    And our pitching staff is still in worlds better shape than the Barves, who, face it, are going to be the biggest/only NL East threat.

    So, as my favorite president once said in the darkest days of the Civil War, “Let us all confidently hope that all may yet be well.”

  4. veejh - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Awful news. Let’s hope Jordan or Roark can weather the storm.

    • unkyd59 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:53 PM

      How’bout Roark AND Jordan?

  5. letswin3 - Mar 29, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    I was talking to a lady in Detroit, regarding business, yesterday, and the conversation somehow morphed to baseball (can’t imagine how that could happen) and how we were pleased to have Mr. Fister on our club. She expressed disappointment that he was no longer in Detroit and said that he was also a “cutie”. I told her that I didn’t care to comment on her impression, but that I was still glad he’s with the Nats. Exactly how does one reach “cutie” status? I guess if I haven’t figured that out at my age, I’m not likely to ever solve that riddle. Sure hope the guy is back with us as soon as is healthfully practical.

  6. NatsLady - Mar 29, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    Looks like Cory Gearrin could need TJ (he’s visiting Dr. Andrews). That would make three for the Bazrves this spring, in addition to the two last spring (Venters and O’Flaherty). They are starting the season with six pitchers on the DL.

    Who’s Left?

  7. rabbit433 - Mar 29, 2014 at 5:24 PM

    I was looking forward to Fister pitching especially since I’ll be at the game. However, Roark will fill in well. Roark will also be better than the Braves #4 and our bats will have a good chance to show their stuff.

  8. NatsNut - Mar 29, 2014 at 6:31 PM

    Cutie is used generally when we think “hottie” but it’s inappropriate for some reason, i.e., the woman is older, married, etc.

    You’re welcome.

  9. ehay2k - Mar 29, 2014 at 8:48 PM

    There is not much of a book on Roark , and probably nothing at all on Jordan. To have them split the first few of Fister’s starts could be a blessing.





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