The Washington Nationals traded almost nothing to the Detroit Tigers in exchange for starting pitcher Doug Fister. Or at least that’s how it felt to some people given the value that the Nats got in return and the starting rotation that that they boast entering the 2014 season.
Dealing with a strain in his right lat muscle, Fister started the season on the disabled list. According to Mark Zuckerman of CSN, Fister will take a step forward on Thursday when he resumes throwing.
Doug Fister expected to resume throwing program tomorrow. Will start on flat ground at 60 feet, build back up from there.
— Mark Zuckerman (@ZuckermanCSN) April 2, 2014
The Nationals can afford to take their time easing Fister back into the swing of things, as he is slotted to be roughly their #4 starter (he would be a #2 for most teams). Last season with the Detroit Tigers Fister was solid, putting up a 3.67 ERA over 208.2 innings pitched. The combination of his new team and a switch to the National League should set him up for another good season, health pending.