Washington Nationals News: Doug Fister making progress in recovery


Good afternoon DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Before tonight’s game against the Blue Jays, get caught up on all the latest Nats news with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s James Wagner discusses Doug Fister, who is on the disabled list with forearm tightness. As Wagner notes, Fister recently completed a successful, albeit light bullpen session and should continue to progress in the coming days.

Needless to say, this is great news for Fister and the Nationals. Fister is a key part of the rotation and while the rotation is loaded, the team has two starters on the DL and will definitely benefit from Fister coming back.

The fact that Fister’s recovery is going well is a huge relief for Nationals fans, as forearm injuries like the one he had are often precursors to more serious elbow injuries. He’s not out of the woods yet, but the fact that his rehab is going smoothly is certainly encouraging.

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Also in today’s Daily, the Post’s Barry Svrluga discusses the possibility of reacquiring Tyler Clippard, and how such a move would bolster the Nationals’ struggling bullpen.

Be sure to check out the articles below, they’re definitely worth a read. And as always, stay tuned to DoD for all your Washington Nationals needs.

Doug Fister on his forearm tightness: ‘It’s pretty much subsided completely’

(James Wagner, Washington Post)

Doug Fister still has many hurdles to clear before he can return to the mound for the Nationals but, so far, he is encouraged by his progress. He threw 20-25 fastballs in a light bullpen session on Monday, his first since landing on the disabled list on May 15 with a strained right flexor muscle. Fister said “everything was good so onward we go.”

In a few days, Fister will throw another bullpen and use his secondary pitches. The most encouraging development so far, however, is that Fister said the tightness in his right forearm muscle is much improved.

“I think it’s pretty much subsided completely and that’s a good thing,” he said. “So now, getting back in the swing of things, obviously there’s hiccups along the way of tightness after throwing or a little sore after a bullpen, but no, things are good.” Read full article here.

Nationals could solve bullpen problems by reacquiring Tyler Clippard

(Barry Svrluga, Washington Post)

Here are the facts from the Washington Nationals’ weekend sweep at the hands of the Cincinnati Reds: Friday night, they led in the sixth and lost. Saturday afternoon, they led in the eighth and lost. Sunday, they were tied in the seventh and lost . Their bullpen pitched 111 /3 innings in three games and gave up 14 runs.

So, hmmmmm. Let’s see. As June arrived, we know their bullpen is taxed — and it could be taxed more Tuesday with a doubleheader against Toronto, one made necessary by a Monday night rainout. We can’t assign too much meaning to one lousy series, small sample size and all. But . . .

“They’re past the honeymoon period now,” said closer Drew Storen, who amounts to the mainstay in the Washington pen. “This is the wear-and-tear time.” Read full article here.

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