Mar 2, 2014; Melbourne, FL, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) warms up for the first inning as the Nationals beat the Miami Marlins 10-3 in a spring training exhibition game at Space Coast Stadium. Mandatory Credit: David Manning-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals Doug Fister leaves game with lat strain


Just a week ago, Doug Fister was apparently well on the way back from minor inflammation in his elbow. Now something else is wrong.

Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported that the trade acquisition Fister left his final minor league start after experiencing a strain in his lat muscle. With this injury, it does not appear that Fister will be able to make his first start of 2014.

The Nationals acquired Fister from the Tigers in exchange for Steve Lombardozzi, Ian Krol, and Robbie Ray. The trade was widely perceived as to be a lopsided win for Washington, especially in light of Detroit trading Lombardozzi to the Orioles in exchange for Alex Gonzalez.

Last season, Fister pitched a career high 208.2 innings as the number three starter for Detroit. He likely would have pitched in the home opener against the Atlanta Braves on April 4. No official statement has been made from the club regarding Fister’s status, but this likely opens the door for both Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan to make the rotation.

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