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Fister goes on DL with forearm tightness, Cole recalled

May 15, 2015, 6:52 PM EST

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The Nationals have placed Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness and recalled A.J. Cole from Class AAA Syracuse, a surprising development on the heels of Fister’s ragged start Thursday night in San Diego.

Fister was roughed up for seven runs and eight hits in only two innings, serving up a pair of home runs during the Nationals’ 8-3 loss to the Padres. That outing raised his season ERA to 4.31, nearly a full run higher than his career mark and two runs higher than he posted last year.

Fister’s velocity also has dipped, with his average fastball registering 86.1 mph, down from 87.8 mph last season.

This is the fifth time Fister has gone on the DL in his career, but only the second time due to an arm injury. He missed 19 days with the Mariners in 2010 with right shoulder fatigue, with his other DL stints involving injuries to his ribs or side.

Cole returns to the Nationals less than three weeks after his disastrous major-league debut in Atlanta, in which the right-hander gave up nine runs in only two innings. The 23-year-old (rated the organization’s No. 2 prospect) returned to Syracuse after that and made two starts, allowing four runs and 10 hits in 12 total innings.

  1. nats_planner - May 15, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Would like to see them stretch out Roark back into the rotation. Stras likely to DL too depending on how next start goes. Also the could recall Taylor Jordan, he fared admirably in his starts last summer. Pitching is starting to become the Nats liability, hoping for more consistency soon.

    • natsguy - May 16, 2015 at 1:18 AM

      I don’t think you were thinking about Taylor Jordan.

  2. David Proctor - May 15, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    This is very bad news. Forearm tightness almost always turns into something worse. Not always. But it’s often the initial diagnosis for what ends up being Tommy John.

    I’m hoping this is the exception.

  3. masterfishkeeper - May 15, 2015 at 6:58 PM

    Hope its not a UCL. Do the Nats stretch out Roark? Don’t think he’d be needed until a week from Monday, with the two off days next week.

  4. natsfan1a - May 15, 2015 at 7:12 PM

    Le. Sigh.

  5. Joe Seamhead - May 15, 2015 at 7:15 PM

    Damn! Double damn, as I just hit the dreaded ‘report comment’ button on masterfisher by accident.

    Forget Tulo! Can we get Robbie Ray and Lombo back? (ok, bad joke)

    • dc27dan - May 15, 2015 at 7:16 PM

      Let’s not forget about Ian Krol!!

    • masterfishkeeper - May 15, 2015 at 8:02 PM

      You reported me? Hah! I’m sure I’ll accidentally report you at some point!

  6. veejh - May 15, 2015 at 7:18 PM

    Very bad news. He was our steady eddie last season. Bleh.

  7. Another_Sam - May 15, 2015 at 7:23 PM

    Roark.

  8. websterj2014 - May 15, 2015 at 8:02 PM

    Put me in Roark column too.

  9. scnatsfan - May 15, 2015 at 9:32 PM

    This cannot be any thing but bad news

  10. manassasnatsfan - May 15, 2015 at 9:43 PM

    Worse part of the Nats operation in my opinion is the medical staff. Let’s hope they don’t misdiagnose this.

  11. nattygoats - May 15, 2015 at 10:14 PM

    Time to trade Desi for an arm

  12. nattygoats - May 15, 2015 at 10:15 PM

    AJ Cole. Hahahahahahahaha

  13. NatsNut - May 16, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Fast recovery, Dougie!

  14. letswin3 - May 16, 2015 at 1:35 PM

    And just a couple of days ago I was hoping that the Red Sox would give Rizzo a call, looking for starting pitchers. Sure glad I didn’t get my wish now. My other thought is ….. do “soft-throwers” have to get TJ surgeries at the same rate as fireballers?

  15. dgourds - May 16, 2015 at 4:25 PM

    Tommy John himself was a “soft-thrower”!

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