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58 Doug Fister SP
Height/Weight: 6-8/210 | Birthdate: 2/4/1984 | Birthplace: Merced, CA | Bats/Throws: L/R | Team: Washington | College: Fresno State | MLB Experience: 7 | Salary: $4,000,000 | Owned/Started%: 82/6 | Average Draft Position: 126.96
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Nationals pitcher Doug Fister still not throwing yet


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/24/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister was in attendance for Sunday's game against the Phillies, but is yet to begin throwing, according to MLB.com.

Fister, who is currently on the 15-day DL with right forearm tightness, hopes to start the process soon.

"It's kind of a slow process," Fister said. "The process of getting complete game ready is going to be a little bit, but I'm making strides every day."

Fister is 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in seven starts this season.

"It's been nagging me a little bit, the tightness," Fister said. "It has not allowed me to completely pitch to full capacity. … But that San Diego start really fired it up real tight."


Nationals manager says Doug Fister's MRI looked good


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(5/16/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams said the MRI on pitcher Doug Fister's forearm had positive results. Fister will be shut down for a few days and then will resume throwing, according to MASNSports.com.

Fister was placed on the disabled list Saturday with a flexor strain. He left his start on Friday after just two innings with tightness in his forearm.


Nationals place Doug Fister (forearm) on DL, recall A.J. Cole


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) The Nationals placed pitcher Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with tightness in his right forearm, reports The Washington Post.

Fister was roughed up in his latest outing Thursday, giving up seven runs on eight hits over two innings. With Fister heading to the disabled list, the Nationals will recall pitcher A.J. Cole from the minor leagues.


Nationals' Doug Fister roughed up in loss vs. Padres


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/15/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister took the loss on Thursday, giving up seven earned runs on eight hits and one walk in just two innings while striking out one in his team's 8-3 loss to the Padres.

Fister (2-2) had to sit through a nearly two-hour rain delay in the top of the first inning, delaying his first trip to the mound. He served up a three-run home run in the first inning, then a solo home run in addition to three more runs in the second. He didn't come out for a third inning.

Fister owns a 4.31 ERA and 18:10 K:BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings. He's scheduled to face the Yankees at home on Wednesday.


Nats starter Doug Fister has win spoiled by bullpen, takes no-decision


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/9/2015) Nationals starter Doug Fister yielded three runs on six hits in 6 2/3 innings Saturday for a no-decision against the Braves.

Fister left the game in line for the win with a 6-3 lead, but the Braves rallied off the Nats' bullpen to tie it up.

After hitting the first batter of the game, Fister retired the next 12 batters until the Braves broke through for a fifth-inning run.

Fister also doubled in the game.

Fister's next start is set for Thursday in San Diego.

Nationals' Fister on reduced velocity: I'm 'dialing in the mechanics'


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/5/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister has seen his average fastball velocity dip to 87.03 mph this season after his fastball sat at about 89 to 91 mph over the last four seasons, per Brooks Baseball. Fister indicated that he needs to become more consistent with his mechanics, the Washington Post reports.

"I’m really just dialing in the mechanics," Fister said. "There’s a flash or two of where I normally am during the game, but not consistently, and that’s what I’ve gotta get to. It’s a work in progress."

Fister, who has also had some issues with his sinker, was able to pitch 6 1/3 scoreless innings in his last start.

"I was staying back a little bit better, and that was a focus. Before, I was really getting out in front and my legs weren’t coming, I was just using all arm," Fister said. "That’s been a struggle all year long, and I’ve really tried to focus on, for a week or so, trying to take care of it."

Though Fister was able to avoid walking a batter for the first time this season, he didn't see an increase in velocity in the quality performance.

"(Velocity) is something I keep in the back of my head, just to gauge where I’m at, what I’m doing, but when I’m throwing my typical 86-88 sinker anyway, it’s all about location as opposed to velocity anyway," Fister said. "Yes, I’d love to make it better, but at this point I’ve got to deal with what I’ve got and it’s something I’m still trying to continue to get stronger for the year."

Fister is 2-1 with a 2.61 ERA and 14:9 K:BB ratio in 31 innings.


Nationals' Doug Fister blanks Mets for 6 1/3 innings Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(5/3/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister earned a win Sunday, giving up just five hits in 6 1/3 scoreless innings while striking out three in his team's 1-0 win over the Mets.

Fister (2-1) had come into Sunday's outing struggling with his command, as he had walked nine batters in his first four starts. However, he was able to post his first walk-free performance of the season while limiting the Mets to just four singles and one double, coming out of the game after 89 pitches (68 strikes).

"Location, fastball were the biggest thing," Fister said to MLB.com. "Early on, I made a few pitches that were up. We had to make a quick adjustment getting those [pitches] down. It was really a matter of throwing the changeup to offset the fastball and really locate the fastball."

Fister owns a 2.61 ERA and 14:9 K:BB ratio in 31 innings. He'll square off with the Braves at home Saturday.


Gio Gonzalez, Doug Fister to pitch Saturday, Sunday for Nationals


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/29/2015) With Nationals starting pitcher Max Scherzer (thumb) set to rejoin the rotation Friday against the Mets, Gio Gonzalez and Doug Fister are getting pushed back in the rotation. Gonzalez will start Saturday and Fister will pitch Sunday.

Gonzalez is 1-2 with a 5.01 ERA through four starts, while Fister is 1-1 with a 3.28 ERA through four starts.


Nationals P Doug Fister has another shaky outing in loss


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/27/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister gave up five runs — four earned — in Monday night's 8-4 loss to the NL East rival Braves. 

This is the second consecutive start where Fister has allowed four earned runs. Against the Braves, he allowed 10 hits, the most Fister has given up in four starts. Fister struck out three batters and walked two in 5 2/3 innings. 

Fister's ERA this season is now 3.28, aided by strong performances in his first two starts. 

Fister's next projected start is Saturday against the Mets. 


Nationals pitcher Doug Fister surrenders two home runs in ND


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/22/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister allowed five runs, four earned, on seven hits, including two home runs, in Washington's 7-5 loss to the Cardinals Wednesday.

Fister struggled early and often, allowing a solo shot to Matt Carpenter to lead off the first inning. Fister then allowed a two-run home run to Kolten Wong in the second, driving home Yadier Molina. It didn't get much better in the third, when Matt Adams cracked an RBI double to left field to bring home another run.

Fister, who remains 1-0 on the year, now boasts a 2.37 ERA in three starts this season. He will look for his second win Monday against the Braves.


Nationals' Doug Fister walks four, earns win Thursday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister earned a win Thursday, allowing two runs (one earned) on four hits and four walks in 6 2/3 innings while striking out four in his team's 5-2 win over the Phillies.

Fister (1-0) issued just 24 walks over the entire 2014 season, and the last time he doled out as many as four free passes came back in Sept. 2013. He was still able to largely limit the damage and earn his first win of the season in the process. Fister takes a 0.69 ERA and 5:5 K:BB ratio in 13 innings into Wednesday's matchup with the Cardinals.


Nationals' Fister has 2.12 ERA in five career starts vs. Phillies


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister will be making his sixth career start and second this season against NL East foe Philadelphia on Thursday. Fister unfortunately took a no-decision in his season debut Saturday against Philadelphia, despite throwing 6 1/3 scoreless innings.

Fister has had pretty good success against Philadelphia in his career. He is 2-2 with a 2.12 ERA and 1.00 WHIP in five career starts against the Phillies. He has allowed more than two earned runs just once and has gone less than six innings just once.


Nationals pitcher Doug Fister goes six scoreless innings Saturday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister went 6 1/3 scoreless innings Saturday, allowing six hits in Washington's 3-2 loss to the Phillies in 10 innings.

Fister, who added one strikeout and a walk to his totals, worked out of a few jams in the game. After Chase Utley reached on a fielder's choice in the second, first baseman Ryan Howard doubled to deep right and Utley was thrown out at home trying to reach from first.

"I think it's a mental situation where you don't want [the layoff] affecting you," Fister said to MLB.com. "For me, that's the attempt I took. I wanted to make sure I got enough work in between starts. I think I felt OK. Obviously, there is a little bit of rust."

Fister will look to earn his first win of the season Thursday when he faces the Phillies again.


Nationals starter Doug Fister goes six solid on Saturday


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/4/2015) After two consecutive rocky starts, Nationals pitcher Doug Fister threw well on Saturday, holding the Yankees to two runs on four hits in six innings of work.

Fister threw four scoreless frames but the Yankees posted two runs in the fifth inning thanks to a two-run home run from second baseman Stephen Drew.

Nationals pitcher Doug Fister struggles again in outing Sunday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister surrendered six runs in four innings of work Sunday against the Marlins, pushing his spring training ERA to 7.02 in five starts. Fister gave up three more home runs in the outing.

"I can't let any of that affect me. I know I have to get the ball down regardless," Fister said to MLB.com. "I felt good today. I felt I was almost back in the swing of things. There are obviously some things I have to fine tune at the end of spring.

"I left the ball up, and it allowed the Marlins to get good contact on the ball. I don't let outside influences affect the game. It's a game I have to control and make adjustments."


Nationals SP Doug Fister gives up two HRs in spring start Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister had his second straight rough outing during Monday's spring game against the Yankees. Fister was charged with four runs on seven hits, while striking out four in 4 1/3 innings.

Fister gave up a two-run homer to Brian McCann in the third inning and a solo home run to Chris Young in the fifth inning. 

The veteran right-hander has allowed six runs on 13 hits in his last two starts (8 1/3 innings). His ERA has gone from 2.08 to 4.97 in that span. He's given up three home runs in 12 2/3 innings this spring.


Nationals may roll with same spring rotation to start the season


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/19/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams has yet to decide who his Opening Day starter will be, but CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman suggests he'll keep his "ridiculously stacked pitching rotation" the way he has during spring straining, with former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer the likely choice for the first game of the season.

The Nationals have rolled with Scherzer followed by Jordan Zimmermann, Stephen Strasburg, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez this spring.


Nationals' Doug Fister allows two runs in four innings vs. Marlins


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/18/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister made his third start of the spring Wednesday, giving up two earned runs on six hits in four innings while striking out one in his team's 5-4 loss to the Marlins.

Fister stranded a runner in scoring position in the first after a two-out double but saw runs come home in the second and third innings. He was able to induce three ground balls for a 1-2-3 fourth inning to close out his outing.

"I know that if I can command my sinker and make sure that I have that under control, everything else will fall into place," Fister said after the outing, per the Associated Press. "That's just something I need to work on right now."

Fister has delivered a 3.24 ERA and 3:2 K:BB ratio in 8 1/3 innings this spring.


Nationals manager Matt Williams still weighing options for opener


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/16/2015) Nationals manager Matt Williams has not decided on who his Opening Day starter will be, noting that all five of his pitchers -- Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmermann, Max Scherzer, Doug Fister and Gio Gonzalez -- deserve a chance, per MLB.com.

"A lot goes into it," Williams said. "There's matchups. There is health in the spring. If anybody is a little bit cranky, we want to make sure we back off in that regard. There are three off-days leading up to the regular season. So if we have a hiccup here or there with anybody -- we saw that with Doug last year. … All those things go into it. Track record goes into, knowledge of the [the opponents].

"How they line up is irrelevant when you get past the first [turn through the] rotation anyway," Williams said. "But it's an honor for the guy that's gets chosen [for the Opening Day] start. Everybody wants to get off on the right foot in your first game -- great momentum and all those wonderful things. But if you don't win that first game, it doesn't mean you are dead. You go to the next one."


Nationals P Doug Fister focused on season, not free agency


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(2/19/2015) Though Nationals pitcher Doug Fister is entering a contract year, he maintained Thursday that he's focused solely on his upcoming season with Washington.

“I’m wearing this jersey right now, and that’s the most important thing,” Fister said, via CSN Washington. “I’m a National through-and-through right now. If it looks in the future that I can stay here, great. If not, I’ve got to make sure I get my job done and be a part of the team that I’m a part of.”

Fister and the Nationals avoided arbitration after agreeing to a one-year, $11.4 million deal in January.

In 2014, Fister went 16-6 and posted a 2.41 ERA.


Nationals to pay SP Doug Fister an $11.4M salary for 2015


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister avoided arbitration Friday by agreeing to an $11.4 million salary for 2015, according to CBSSports.com Baseball Insider Jon Heyman. Fister, who was in his final year of arbitration and is set to become a free agent after the 2015 season, made $7.2 million in 2014.

Fister, who will turn 31 on Feb. 4, won a career-high 16 games in 2014 -- his first season with the Nationals. He is 60-56 with a 3.34 ERA in six MLB seasons.


Doug Fister: 'I want to be a National'


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(12/15/2014) Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister, who is entering his final year of arbitration, said he is not spoken to the team about a contract extension, per The Washington Post. Fister said he is also not getting caught up in trade rumors.

"I don’t wanna know stories or anything. I’m a pitcher for the Washington Nationals right now, and that’s the stance I always take," Fister said. "I’m a part of this group. I’m a part of this team, and that’s what I want to be. Until something else happens, until I’m told otherwise, that’s what I want to be and that’s where I am.

"There were always rumors, but I want to be taken by surprise because I want to expect that I’m going to be back here next year. That’s how I want to approach things, that’s how I want to take it. You take this jersey away from me, I don’t want to take it off. That’s how much I love each team that I play for. I want to be loyal to that team. I want to be a National."


Nationals tender contracts to 10 players


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Nationals announced they tendered contracts to the following arbitration-eligible players: Jerry Blevins, Tyler Clippard, Ross Detwiler, Danny Espinosa, Doug Fister, Jose Lobaton, Wilson Ramos, Craig Stammen, Drew Storen and Stephen Strasburg.

Report: Nats, Doug Fister not making progress in extension talks


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(11/28/2014) The Nationals made pitcher Doug Fister an extension offer in the spring after acquiring him in a trade with the Tigers. Both sides weren't able to agree to terms at the time. According to James Wagner of the Washington Post, both have not made any progress in extension talks "for months"

Fister is entering a contract year after going 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 25 starts. He'll make $7.2 million in 2015.


Report: Doug Fister in play 'if a deal makes sense'


by Larry Hartstein | Senior Analyst
(11/20/2014) The Nationals are willing to trade pitcher Doug Fister "if a deal makes sense," reports USA Today. Fister is entering a contract year after going 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA in 25 starts.

He'll make $7.2 million in 2015.