Because when are elbow injuries ever a big deal for pitchers?
The Washington Nationals pulled a fast one on the Detroit Tigers this off-season, trading away low-upside prospects for starting pitcher Doug Fister. In so doing, they added to a rotation that is already loaded with Stephen Strasburg, Jordan Zimmerman, and Gio Gonzalez.
The news seemed alarming, then, when the Nats were forced to shut Fister down with inflammation in his throwing elbow. Surprisingly the team does not seem worried about Fister’s status, at least not publicly. They would have you believe that this is no hitch in their giddy-up. Nothing to see here.
The results were great…No structural issues. It’s inflammation and we’ve got to get it out. It’s good news but we have to shut him down for a few days.”
With no structural damage the team is probably right to avoid overreacting to the injury. It sounds like the Nationals will benefit from exercising caution in the early days of Spring Training, giving Fister plenty of time to get his throwing elbow right and be ready for the season. Or at least they are hoping it will be that simple.