You can forgive the Tigers for a little jocularity these days. They’re winning like crazy and just about everything is going well. In order to keep the momentum they did what a lot of teams do when spirits are light: they played dressup. Their costume of choice was Tigers-stripe Zubaz:
But then this happened:
And back to the hotel with you at 3AM:
The lesson, folks: next time, dress appropriately for air travel, lest you make your airplane so sick it breaks down on you.
Finally a dose of positive news for the Nationals.
According to Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post, right-hander Doug Fister played catch Sunday for the first time since suffering a lat strain on March 27.
“No pain,” reported pitching coach Steve McCatty.
Fister is basically starting over after being interrupted in Nationals camp this spring by both the lat strain and elbow inflammation, so he will need at least a month to get himself prepared for major league action. That points to an early-to-mid May return.
The 30-year-old right-hander was traded to the Nationals this winter from the Tigers in exchange for utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi and left-handed pitchers Ian Krol and Robbie Ray.
Fister posted a 3.67 ERA and 157 strikeouts in 208 2/3 innings last season for Detroit.
Nationals right-hander Doug Fister battled elbow inflammation for much of spring training and then suffered a lat strain on March 27, forcing him to a season-opening disabled list stint. He is aiming to join Washington’s rotation around early May and currently appears to be on track to reach that goal.
According to beat writer Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington.com, Fister is expected to resume throwing on Thursday — first with light tosses from 60 feet on flat ground before eventually moving on to bullpen sessions and minor league rehab starts.
Fister was acquired this offseason from the Tigers in exchange for infielder Steve Lombardozzi and left-handers Ian Krol and Robbie Ray. He had a cool 3.67 ERA in 208 2/3 innings last summer with Detroit.
Tanner Roark and Taylor Jordan both opened the year in the Nats’ rotation because of Fister’s injury.
Via Mark Zuckmeran of CSN Washington’s Nats Insider:
VIERA, Fla. — Three weeks removed from his first (and only) appearance in a Grapefruit League this spring, Doug Fister is ready to face big-league hitters again.
Fister, out since March 2 with elbow inflammation, is scheduled start Saturday against the Marlins, Nationals manager Matt Williams said.
Fister threw two-plus innings in a minor league game on Monday and experienced no discomfort in his shoulder.
He is scheduled to go three innings (or 45 pitches — whichever comes first) in his return to Grapefruit League action on Saturday afternoon versus the Marlins and the hope is that he won’t have to miss a single turn in the Nationals’ regular-season starting rotation.
Fister was acquired from the Tigers this winter infielder Steve Lombardozzi and left-handers Robbie Ray and Ian Krol. The 30-year-old right-hander had a steady 3.67 ERA in 208 2/3 innings last season with Detroit.
Doug Fister gave the Nationals and their fans a bit of a scare yesterday when he was scratched from a Grapefruit League start due to a sore elbow, but an MRI showed that he’s only dealing with inflammation. Fister told Andrew Simon of MLB.com today that he’s not worried about the situation.
“It’s typical inflammation, so we’re treating it day by day,” he said in a brief meeting with reporters.
Fister has been icing the elbow and going through other regular usual anti-inflammatory treatments, according to manager Matt Williams, who reiterated that an MRI showed there are “no structural issues.”
While the issue sounds minor, there’s no timetable for Fister to throw a bullpen session or return to game action. The Nationals will simply see how the elbow responds to treatment.
Fister was acquired from the Tigers over the winter in exchange for prospect left-hander Robbie Ray, left-handed reliever Ian Kroll, and utility infielder Steve Lombardozzi. If his health cooperates, the deal could turn out to be a steal for the Nationals.