The Washington Post

Doug Fister to rest with elbow inflammation

Washington’s new starting pitcher Doug Fister pitches batting practice at the Washington Nationals spring training camp last month. (By John McDonnell/The Washington Post)

Nationals starter Doug Fister has right elbow inflammation and will rest for a couple days, according to Manager Matt Williams. Fister, who the Nationals acquired from the Detroit Tigers in a trade this winter, was scheduled to make his second start of the spring Friday. But he was scratched, and Tanner Roark will start against the Houston Astros in Viera instead.

Fister, 30, first felt the discomfort after his Sunday start, in which he allowed one run over two innings. The right-hander received an MRI on Thursday, and according to Williams, the results showed “a little inflammation.” Any elbow discomfort or issues for a pitcher can cause alarm, but Williams said the team is not worried.

“We’re not concerned about it,” Williams said. “He feels like if in season he would go. We’re not going to take any chances.”

Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo says there is no structural damage to  Fister’s elbow. Rizzo said the plan for now is to skip this start and reevaluate after some rest. Williams said Fister would rest a few days, but didn’t offer a timetable.

Post video on the Nationals:

The Post's Adam Kilgore offers his thoughts on how new manager Matt Williams is running spring training for the Nationals and the relationships he is building with some of the key veterans in the clubhouse. (Post Sports Live/The Washington Post)
James Wagner joined the Post in August 2010 and, prior to covering the Nationals, covered high school sports across the region.



Success! Check your inbox for details. You might also like:

Please enter a valid email address

See all newsletters

Show Comments
Most Read



Success! Check your inbox for details.

See all newsletters

Your Three. Videos curated for you.
Play Videos
How to make Sean Brock's 'Heritage' cornbread
New limbs for Pakistani soldiers
The signature dish of Charleston, S.C.
Play Videos
Why seasonal allergies make you miserable
John Lewis, 'Marv the Barb' and the politics of barber shops
What you need to know about filming the police
Play Videos
The Post taste tests Pizza Hut's new hot dog pizza
5 tips for using your thermostat
Michael Bolton's cinematic serenade to Detroit
Play Videos
Full disclosure: 3 bedrooms, 2 baths, 1 ghoul
Pandas, from birth to milk to mom
The signature drink of New Orleans
Next Story
James Wagner · March 7, 2014