Doug Fister’s elbow is feeling better

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A little sigh of relief from Nationals camp, where right-hander Doug Fister was able to play catch this morning without any issues after previously being sidelined by elbow soreness.

Fister first complained of soreness in early February and James Wagner of the Washington Post reports that he’s “been treated with anti-inflammatory medicine, ice and rest.” And it’s apparently worked, as an MRI exam showed no structural damage and the Nationals continue to insist they aren’t particularly worried about his status long term.

Whether that means he’ll have enough time to be ready for Opening Day is unclear, but the oft-praised offseason trade to acquire Fister from the Tigers can still pay off in a huge way for the Nationals even if he misses a few regular season starts.

The Red Sox are willing to deal Jackie Bradley Jr.

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Bob Nightengale of USA Today says that the Boston Red Sox are letting clubs know that Jackie Bradley, Jr. is available via trade.

Trading Bradley would be a knock to the Red Sox defense, but they are likely looking to add some offense and thus willing to make the tradeoff. Bradley is one of baseball’s top defensive center fielders and had a nice year at the plate in 2016, but last year his line fell to .245/.323/.402 with 17 homers and 63 RBI.

If Bradley is moved, the Red Sox could slide Andrew Benintendi to center field and plug a more potent bat in left.