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Fister finishes first rehab game in Syracuse

Jun 7, 2015, 3:02 PM EDT

May 3, 2015; New York City, NY, USA; Washington Nationals pitcher Doug Fister (58) delivers a pitch against the New York Mets during the first inning at Citi Field. The Nationals won 1-0. Mandatory Credit: Gregory J. Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

Nationals right-hander Doug Fister completed his first rehab game with Syracuse Sunday afternoon.

Fister, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list with forearm tightness on May 15, worked 3 2/3 innings vs. Pawtucket while allowing two runs (including a solo home run), six strikeouts and no walks. He threw 63 pitches, 47 of them for strikes. Reports also say that the velocity on his fastball sat between 82 and 84 mph.

Before the injury, Fister was unable to replicate his success from 2014. He was 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA, and had trouble consistently getting his sinkerball working.

It’s unknown at this point how many more rehab starts Fister will make before he is ready to return to the Nats. Updates to come after the game.


  1. Eugene in Oregon - Jun 7, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    I’m assuming 82-84 MPH on the fastball isn’t a typo. I’m further assuming that he won’t be back in the big leagues until he’s throwing harder than that.

    • masterfishkeeper - Jun 7, 2015 at 3:26 PM

      Let’s hope. Unless he’s throwing a knuckleball, 82-84 isn’t going to get it done.

      • Eugene in Oregon - Jun 7, 2015 at 3:29 PM

        But I do like knuckleballers. It would be fun for the Nats to have a good one.

  2. natfan33 - Jun 7, 2015 at 7:11 PM

    That sucker would really need to be sinking and darting at that speed.

  3. manassasnatsfan - Jun 7, 2015 at 7:35 PM

    He picked up a knuckleball. Great.





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