Doug Fister will start Astros spring opener against Phillies

Will Doug Fister, one of the Houston Astros’ offseason acquisitions, get a spot in the starting rotation?

According to Astros manager, A.J. Hinch, newcomer Doug Fister will get the start when the team opens up Grapefruit League on Thursday against the Philadelphia Phillies in Clearwater, Fla.

From’s Brian McTaggart:

“I want to get a good look at him,” Hinch said. “Also, his readiness, and I want to get him off the mound early so that we can get to know him a little bit better. Everybody is going to get into their slots and get an opportunity.”

Fister, 32, signed with the Astros for $7 million this past offseason including $5 million in incentives based on innings pitched. He spent the past two seasons with the Washington Nationals after spending most of his career with the Seattle Mariners and Detroit Tigers. In 2014, he went 16-6 with a 2.41 ERA and finished eighth in National League Cy Young voting. Last season, he went 6-8 with a 4.25 ERA in 15 starts. Fister will be competing with Scott Feldman and Mike Fiers for the final two rotation spots.

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