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Williams gives updates on Fister, Solis and Strasburg

Jun 4, 2015, 6:17 PM EST

May 9, 2015; Washington, DC, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) pitches during the first inning against the Atlanta Braves at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY Sports

Pitchers Doug Fister, Sammy Solis and Stephen Strasburg have all made progress in their respective rehab stints, according to manager Matt Williams.

Fister, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on May 17 with forearm tightness, threw around 40 pitches in the bullpen Thursday afternoon. The Nationals have had Tanner Roark in the rotation while the 31-year-old right sinkerballer continues to make his way back.

“[Fister] came out of it feeling really good,” Williams said. “That heavier load [is coming] — we’ll have to see how he is [Friday].”

Williams also said that left-handed reliever Solis, who has been sidelined due to left shoulder inflammation, threw another bullpen session at about the same amount of pitches and came out of it feeling good. The Nats’ bullpen has struggled in recent weeks, so Solis’ return would be a boon for a relief corps that sorely needs it.

As for Strasburg, Williams said he threw on flat ground for the second time this week, indicating that the right hander’s injured left trapezius muscle is steadily improving. That setback, in addition to his ankle injury from spring training, is said to have altered his mechanics this season, one of the factors in his rough start to 2015. In 10 outings, he has a 6.55 ERA.

“[Today’s session] had no effect from yesterday’s session, went back out and did it again today,” Williams said. “So that’s a good sign.”

  1. knoxvillenat - Jun 4, 2015 at 6:22 PM

    Need all three to heal as quickly as possible and return to the form we expected, especially by Strasburg and Fister.

    • Ghost of Steve M. - Jun 4, 2015 at 7:31 PM

      Interestingly it’s exposed the bullpen as a weakness in roles and probably more so that Aaron Barrett can’t be trusted in key games as he melts too often in pressure situations. I’m not saying every time but certainly too many times as he’s crossed the 80% threshold.

  2. Whack-A-Mule - Jun 4, 2015 at 8:19 PM

    Exposed, indeed.
    With the season-long absence of Stammen, the entire backbone of the bullpen
    turns out to have been ” Row Ark “, now lost to the starting rotation.
    Not much remains except a LOOGY(+) and a closer.
    Acquisition, anyone ?

  3. Sec 3, My Sofa - Jun 5, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    I read that headline all wrong the first time.
    Williams gives up on Fister, Solis, Strasburg

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