Doug Fister expected to resume throwing Thursday

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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.

Rockies, Trevor Story agree on two-year, $27.5 million contract

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ESPN’s Jeff Passan reports that the Rockies and shortstop Trevor Story have come to terms on a two-year, $27.5 million deal, buying out his two remaining years of arbitration eligibility.

Story, 27, and the Rockies did not agree on a salary before the deadline earlier this month. Story filed for $11.5 million while the team countered at $10.75 million. The average annual value of this deal — $13.75 million — puts him a little bit ahead this year and likely a little bit behind next year.

This past season in Colorado, Story hit .294/.363/.554 with 35 home runs, 85 RBI, 111 runs scored, and 23 stolen bases over 656 trips to the plate. He also continued to rank among the game’s best defensive shortstops. Per FanGraphs, Story’s 10.9 Wins Above Replacement over the last two seasons is fifth-best among shortstops (min. 1,000 PA) behind Alex Bregman, Francisco Lindor, Xander Bogaerts, and Marcus Semien.

With third baseman Nolan Arenado likely on his way out via trade, one wonders if the same fate awaits Story at some point over the next two seasons.