Yet another high-caliber pitcher has gone down to injury in the young season of 2015. This time it is the Washington Nationals, whom have been hit with an unfortunate injury to one of their many talented starting pitchers. Right-handed starting pitcher Doug Fister has been diagnosed with a flexor strain in his right forearm and will be placed on the 15-day DL as reported by William Ladson of MLB.com. There is no timetable for his recovery as of this moment.
It’s a huge blow to the Nationals to have one of their pitchers go down with an arm injury. Flexor strains have usually been a precursor to the infamous Tommy John surgery, and they have plenty of reason to worry that the same fate may be awaiting Fister. He suffered this injury in his last outing on Thursday during a rain-delayed game against the San Diego Padres. It was one of his worst starts in his career, as he gave up seven earned runs on eight hits in only a span of two short innings.
His spot in the rotation will be taken over by minor league righty AJ Cole. The young righty has been solid in Triple-A, posting a 2.67 ERA across 27 innings of work through five starts this year. Cole will be counted able eat up some innings for the Nats for the short time being while Fister is on the rack.
Written by: Daniel Sherriff