Doug Fister delivered four scoreless innings in his minor league rehab debut Sunday afternoon with High-A Potomac and Nationals manager Matt Williams acknowledged to reporters Tuesday night that the right-hander is on track to join Washington’s starting rotation after just one more rehab outing.
That sets up Fister’s debut in a Nationals uniform, according to beat writer Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, for May 7 against the Dodgers.
Fister was bothered this spring by right elbow inflammation and then suffered a lat strain a week before Opening Day. The Nationals acquired him via trade this offseason from the Tigers after he posted an impressive 3.67 ERA and 157 strikeouts across 208 2/3 innings in 2013 for Detroit.
Taylor Jordan has already been optioned to Triple-A by the Nationals to open a rotation spot.
The Diamondbacks announced on Monday that the club signed catcher Jeff Mathis to a two-year, $4 million contract.
Mathis, 33, isn’t much with the stick as he owns a career .197/.254/.308 triple-slash line over parts of 12 seasons in the majors. The veteran, though, is well-regarded for his ability to play defense, call games, handle a pitching staff, and get along with his teammates in the clubhouse. As Craig mentioned last year, Mathis is often talked about as a future manager.
The D-Backs non-tendered Welington Castillo on Friday, so Chris Herrmann and Mathis are the team’s two catchers as presently constructed.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reports that free agent shortstop Jimmy Rollins wants to continue playing in 2017.
Rollins, 38, signed a minor league deal with the White Sox for the 2016 season but hit a disappointing .221/.295/.329 over 166 plate appearances. The club released Rollins in the middle of June and he did not sign with a new team. He did join TBS as part of their playoff coverage.
Rollins is almost certainly looking at another minor league contract and will have to earn his way onto a major league roster by performing well in spring training.