Washington Nationals News: Doug Fister to pitch Thursday vs. Rays

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Good evening DoD readers, and welcome to today’s District Daily! Get caught up on the latest Nats news with some great Washington Nationals articles from around the web below.

In today’s Daily, MLB.com’s Bill Ladson gives us an update on Doug Fister, who has been on the disabled list for over a month due to a flexor strain. As Ladson notes, Fister is set to come off the DL and pitch against the Rays Thursday night at Nationals Park.

Needless to say, this is great news for the Nationals as the team finally seems to be overcoming some of its injury woes. After entering the season with a rotation that was supposed to be the best in baseball, the Nationals have seen both Fister and Stephen Strasburg struggle and land on the disabled list.

Now, with Fister set to come of the DL Thursday and Strasburg not far behind, the Nationals will soon have their rotation at full strength. Hopefully for both pitchers, their time on the DL helped them sort out some of their early-season struggles.

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Like Strasburg, Fister was very inconsistent during his short time in the rotation early this year, going 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA in 39 2/3 innings of work.

Also in today’s Daily, the Washington Post’s Chelsea Janes discusses Bryce Harper‘s domination of NL All-Star game voting. As Janes notes, Harper is pacing the rest of the NL field with 6,059,827 votes. The next closest player is Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter, who trails Harper with 4,455,782 votes.

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

Fister tabbed to pitch Thursday vs. Rays

(Bill Ladson, MLB.com)

ST. PETERSBURG — Nationals manager Matt Williams announced that right-hander Doug Fister will come off the 15-day disabled list and pitch against the Rays on Thursday night at Nationals Park.

Fister missed a little more than a month of action because of a flexor strain. Williams didn’t say how many pitches Fister would throw in the game, but he would not throw 110 pitches.

Fister rejoined the Nationals after two rehab starts and had a bullpen session Monday and didn’t experience any problems. Read full article here.

Bryce Harper running away with National League all-star voting

(Chelsea Janes, Washington Post)

Bryce Harper continues to lead all National League players in all-star votes, and it’s not really even close anymore. Harper has 6,059,827 votes. The next closest player, Cardinals third baseman Matt Carpenter, has 4,455,782.

The Nationals’ right-fielder has hit 21 home runs, second-most in the majors. His 51 runs batted in are third, and he leads the majors with 53 walks. Harper is worth 4.6 Wins Above Replacement (WAR), half a win more than the next closest player, Diamondbacks first baseman Paul Goldschmidt.

Harper has led the National League in votes every week since results were announced four weeks ago. No other National leads at his position. The closest is Yunel Escobar, who remains fifth in the voting among National League second baseman. He has not played an inning at second base this season. Read full article here.

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