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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%: 84/62 | Average Draft Position: 126.98
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Nationals SP Doug Fister fires seven shutout innings Thursday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/25/2015) Nationals right-hander Doug Fister was excellent in his start against the Braves on Thursday. Fister was making his second start since returning from the disabled list with a forearm injury, and this one went much better than the previous one.

On Thursday, Fister threw seven scoreless innings, allowing just four hits and one walk while striking out four in the 6-0 victory. This was Fister's first scoreless outing since he went 6 1/3 shutout innings on May 3. He finished with 111 pitches on Thursday.

"[He] continued to be down in the zone, forcing contact," manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com. "We pushed him to 110-ish, which was good. Got him through that last inning, too, which was good. I thought he pitched really well. He was in command out there, throwing it where he wanted to."

Fister had given up 12 earned runs in 7 1/3 innings over his last two starts, straddling his stint on the DL. So this was a nice bounceback for the veteran righty, who now sports a 4.15 ERA on the season.

"I wanted to push myself today, and [manager Matt Williams] let me go back out there in the seventh," Fister said. "That's huge for me, is being able to go back out there and prove to teammates and prove to myself that I can go out there and finish an inning. I hadn't done that this year, so that was a positive note for me personally. It takes a lot of plays in the outfield, plays in the infield, guys turning double plays early on in the game to enable me to do that."


Nationals Doug Fister returns to rotation, saddled with loss


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/18/2015) Doug Fister came off the disabled list Thursday but his return wasn't enough to snap the Nationals out of their funk in a loss to the Rays. 

Fister went 5 1/3 innings in his first start since May 14 and labored through the final inning, when the Rays rallied for four runs to take control of the game. Fister allowed five earned runs and nine hits while striking out three batters. 

Fister, who was sidelined with right forearm tightness, fell to 2-3 on the season.


Nationals P Doug Fister ready to go vs. Rays


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister is on the lineup card and will start Thursday night's game against the Rays. 

Fister hasn't started a game since May 14 and just came off the disabled list after rehabbing an injury to his forearm. This season, Fister is 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA. 


Nationals SP Doug Fister says time on DL was beneficial


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/18/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister, who returns to action Thursday against the Rays after spending a few weeks on the disabled list with a strained flexor forearm muscle, looked at his time away from the major-league rotation as beneficial. It allowed him to work on his pitching mechanics after a up-and-down start to the season.

"Making the decision for the DL was kinda almost an easy one," Fister said, per MASNsports.com. "At the time, it wasn't allowing me to get my job done and that's something we can't toy around with. We've got to win games here, period. If that means me taking a step out, that's what I had to do. That was an easy decision for us over the time. Being on the DL, I think it's improved and gotten a lot better.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing how it improves. There was a lot of mechanical issues that I've had and it kind of got away from me. ... It's these three weeks or however long it's been, it's almost like a spring training for me trying to get back on track. As everything goes along, it's going to progress even better. I'm looking forward to seeing how that goes."


Nationals SP Doug Fister set to return Thursday vs. Rays


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/16/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister will return to the rotation Thursday against the Rays, manager Matt Williams said Tuesday. Fister has been sidelined since mid-May due to a forearm injury.

Report: Nationals SP Doug Fister might start Wednesday


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(6/15/2015) Nationals right-hander Doug Fister, who has been shelved for a month with right forearm tightness, could start for the team again as early as Wednesday night against visiting Tampa Bay, per MASNSports.com.

Fister pitched six shutout innings in his last rehab start on Friday.


Doug Fister could return to Nationals after one more bullpen


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(6/13/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister reported no discomfort on Saturday, the morning after his rehab start. 

MASN Sports reported that Fister would throw one more bullpen session and then, barring any setbacks, will be ready to return to the Nationals' rotation. 


Nationals SP Doug Fister (forearm) dominant in rehab start Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/12/2015) Nationals right-hander Doug Fister was excellent in a rehab start with Double-A Harrisburg on Friday. Fister threw six shutout innings, allowing two hits. He struck out six and did not walk a batter, in what was his second rehab start since going down with a forearm injury in mid-May. 

The team has not revealed the next step of Fister's recovery process.


Nationals SP Doug Fister scheduled for rehab start on Friday


by Jason Lempert | Staff Writer
(6/9/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister, on the disabled list with a forearm strain, is scheduled to make his next rehab start on Friday with Double-A Harrisburg. Fister has been out since the middle of May with the injury.

Following his start on Friday, the team will determine if Fister is ready to re-join the rotation, according to MASNSports.com. 

"It's a matter of him making sure that he can get six, seven innings at least," manager Matt Williams said, per MLB.com.


Nationals' Doug Fister strikes out six in Triple-A rehab start


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(6/7/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits in 3 2/3 innings while striking out six in his rehab debut with Triple-A Syracuse on Sunday.

Fister is dealing with a right forearm injury that has kept him sidelined since May 14. He made it through a bullpen session Thursday without issue before throwing 63 pitches on Sunday. Fister is due to be re-evaluated after completing the rehab start.


Nationals SP Doug Fister (forearm) to make Triple-A start Sunday


by Elliott Smith | Staff Writer
(6/5/2015) Nationals starter Doug Fister, who has been on the disabled list since May 14 with tightness in his right forearm, will make a rehab start Sunday at Triple-A Syracuse, per MLB.com. 

Fister, who threw a 40-pitch bullpen session on Thursday that featured all of his pitches, will be re-evaluated after the start. There is no timetable for his return. 

Fister is 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 39 2/3 innings of work this season. 


Nationals SP Doug Fister throws all his pitches in bullpen session


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/4/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (forearm) threw all his pitches during a 40-pitch bullpen session Thursday. Manager Matt Williams said Fister came out of the session feeling really good, per MASNsports.com.

Nationals SP Doug Fister upbeat following first bullpen session


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/2/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister gave a good report Tuesday after throwing 20 fastballs during a bullpen session Monday. Fister has been out since mid-May with a forearm injury.

“I think it’s pretty much subsided completely, and that’s a good thing," Fister said of the discomfort in his arm, per CSNwashington.com.

Fister will add breaking pitches to his next bullpen session, which is expected to happen later this week.

“You know, it was really just more tight than complete, utter mayhem,” he said. “So I mean, it wasn’t a bad issue. It was more of just: ‘I really need a break for some reason, there’s so much tightness going on that we really need to address it.'”


Nationals' Doug Fister, Sammy Solis throw bullpens Monday


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(6/1/2015) Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (forearm) and reliever Sammy Solis (shoulder) threw bullpen sessions Monday, according to manager Matt Williams. Both players will throw again in a few days.

Fister threw 20-25 pitches Monday, per Williams. He is expected to build up his pitch count from there.


Nationals' Doug Fister, Sammy Solis throw off flat surface Wednesday


by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com
(5/27/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister and Sammy Solis were both able to throw off a flat surface on Wednesday, manager Matt Williams said per MASN Sports.

Fister, who is dealing with a strained flexor, threw for the first time since suffering the injury. Fister is 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 39 2/3 innings of work. Solis, who is dealing with shoulder inflammation, has not pitched since May 10 with the injury. 


Nationals SP Doug Fister set to start throwing Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/26/2015) Nationals pitcher Doug Fister is scheduled to start throwing Wednesday, reports The Washington Post.

Fister has not pitched since May 14 after going on the disabled list with tightness in his right forearm. He remains without a firm timetable for return.


Williams: Nationals SP Doug Fister might miss another start


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2015) Matt Williams has declared that Nationals shelved right-hander Doug Fister might be sidelined a bit longer than expected with continued tightness in his right forearm.

"They're working that out," he told the Washington Post. "At some point this week, he'll start the program, and go from there. The longer he's out, the longer it's gonna take [to get back]. So we have to keep on top of that."

Tanner Roark is set to start in his place Monday, but Williams indicated that Fister might also miss another start after his eligibility to come off the DL.


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.