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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Nationals' Doug Fister will pitch again Saturday

By on 3/19/2014 08:30:00 PM

After a solid bullpen session on March 14, a Minor League appearance on March 17, and some good days of playing catch in between and since, Washington Nationals starter Doug Fister will return to the mound on Saturday. Nats Insider's Mark Zuckerman reports that Fister will pitch against the Miami Marlins on Saturday, Fister's first Grapefruit League start since March 2.

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Fister is recovering from inflammation and tightness in his right arm as our own Jacob F reported earlier. He threw 2.2 innings in his Minor League start on Monday, and he is scheduled to throw 45 pitches -- or three innings -- on Saturday. If he feels well enough afterward, he will throw four innings on March 27 to close out Spring Training.

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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