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Friday, August 22, 2014

Nationals Injury Update: Doug Fister had a skin cancer removed

By on 8/22/2014 11:32:00 PM

Washington Nationals right hander Doug Fister told reporters (video here and below).after Friday night's 10-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants that stitches on the right side of his neck came from removing skin cancer, according to Adam Kilgore of The Washington Post. Fister, who said he was "good," threw 107 pitches in six innings, allowing four runs.

Fister, now 12-4 with a 2.38 ERA,  had not allowed a run in his previous three starts (21.1 innings).

Fister, 30, missed most of Spring Training with a strained lat (and before that an inflammed elbow) and began the season on the DL.  After his activation on May 9, he proved to be the most consistent starter on an outstanding Nats rotation and would, if he had enough innings to qualify, be among the top ten NL pitchers in ERA.  Fister gave his previous team (the Detroit Tigers) over 200 innings in 2013, pitching to a 14-9 record with a 3.67 ERA.

Now in seventh season, Fister was originally drafted by the Seattle Mariners in 2006 (7th round). The Mariners traded him, with David Pauley, to the Detroit Tigers for Francisco Martinez (minors), Charlie FurbushCasper Wells, and Chance Ruffin. In December of 2013, to the surprise of almost everyone, the  Detroit Tigers traded Fister to the Washington Nationals in exchange for for Robbie Ray (minors), LH reliever Ian Krol and utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi. Fister is in his second year of arbitration ($7.2M), and eligible for free agency after the 2015 season.
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