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According to Zuckerman, this schedule will allow Fister to make another Minor League start and still take his first turn in the rotation when the regular season begins barring any setbacks. However, if Fister cannot go six innings by Opening Day, then he may stay with the Minor League team until he can, which means Nationals manager Matt Williams would likely keep Tanner Roark on the roster as a long reliever.
Fister was very solid as a Detroit Tiger from mid-2011 through 2013. He was 32-20 with a 3.29 ERA plus 3-2, 2.98 ERA in the postseason. This performance prompted the Nationals to trade for him during the past offseason. The Nationals have hopes of returning to the postseason after missing out last year.
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