Jul 9, 2014; Baltimore, MD, USA; Washington Nationals starting pitcher Doug Fister (58) throws in the first inning against the Baltimore Orioles at Oriole Park at Camden Yards. Mandatory Credit: Joy R. Absalon-USA TODAY Sports

District Daily: Doug Fister's Importance, Ryan Zimmerman Injury

The Nationals were off on Thursday, but as usual, the news kept coming. Read on to find out about the latest in Natsville.

Fister emerging as critical component to Nationals

(Daniel Popper, MLB.com)

Doug Fister joined the Nationals this past winter under unexpected circumstances.

Fister had just finished his second full season with the Tigers, going 14-9 with a 3.67 ERA in 208 2/3 innings. He followed that up by compiling a 2.40 ERA in two postseason starts, though Detroit fell to the eventual-champion Red Sox in the American League Championship Series.

The right-hander was gearing up for another season at Comerica Park. But late in the night on Dec. 2, the Tigers dealt the consistent and battled-tested Fister to Washington in exchange for infielder Steve Lombardozzi, left-hander Ian Krol and Minor League pitcher Robbie Ray — a move that left fans and Fister scratching their heads. Read full article here.

Zimmerman discusses latest injury with MLB.com

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

Nationals third baseman Ryan Zimmerman was placed on the 15-day disabled list Wednesday after straining his right hamstring while running to first base against the Rockies the previous day.

Now home in Washington, D.C., Zimmerman is expected to see the team doctor Monday when he’ll have an idea how long he will be out. MLB.com caught up with Zimmerman on Thursday evening to talk about his latest setback.

MLB.com: How are you feeling?

Zimmerman: Sore. It’s frustrating to have all the injuries in one year. There is nothing you can do about it. You have to stay positive and be around for the guys. I have no doubt that the team will continue to play well. We are really starting to hit our stride and play the way we thought we should be playing. I’m looking forward to seeing them continue to do that until I get back in there. Read full article here.

Streak halted at four as Nats’ late rally falls short

(Nick Kosmider, MLB.com)

DENVER — Matt Williams, on multiple occasions this week, used the same three words to describe baseball at Coors Field.

“Things happen here,” the Nationals manager said.

Plenty of those things happened Wednesday, from a post-national anthem standoff to a swirling mix of wind and rain and a spirited ninth-inning rally, but a win and a chance to sweep wasn’t one of them for the Nationals.

Washington swallowed a 6-4 loss to the Rockies, ending its four-game winning streak on the same day the team stomached news that Ryan Zimmerman was sent to the disabled list for the second time this season. Read full article here.

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