Nationals right-hander Doug Fister allowed two runs on four hits and no walks over seven innings against the Phillies this afternoon as part of a 4-2 victory. While he was excellent on the mound yet again, perhaps the most remarkable thing he did was this stretch at first base while trying to complete a double-play.
Ryan Howard actually beat out the throw, so Fister’s effort went for naught, but that’s some pretty impressive flexibility. It gives new meaning to “pitching from the stretch.” Fortunately for the Nationals, Fister didn’t hurt himself there. It’s worth noting that he played a little bit of first base in junior college.
That wasn’t the only display of Fister’s athleticism this afternoon. Check out this sprawling stop of a comebacker off the bat of Ben Revere.
Dodgers southpaw Clayton Kershaw is nearing his return to the mound, according to club manager Dave Roberts. Both Kershaw (left biceps tendinitis) and fellow lefty Rich Hill (left middle finger blister) are scheduled to toss simulated games on Saturday; depending on the outcome, Roberts says Kershaw could forgo a minor league assignment and slot back into the rotation by Thursday.
Kershaw, 30, was diagnosed with biceps tendinitis as the team closed out their Mexico Series at the start of the month. He has not made a start in several weeks, but was finally able to resume throwing on Sunday and managed to get through two successful bullpen sessions. Though Dodgers’ ace hasn’t been completely injury-free over his 11-year career in the majors, this is the first significant issue he’s had with his pitching arm so far. The team is expected to take every precaution with the lefty, and will likely limit him to just four innings during Saturday’s simulated game.
Prior to his injury, Kershaw was working on another dominant run with the club, sporting a 2.86 ERA, 2.0 BB/9 and 9.8 SO/9 through his first 44 innings of the season. While Kershaw, Hill and left-handed starter Hyun-Jin Ryu served their respective terms on the disabled list this month, the Dodgers utilized a combination of relievers Ross Stripling and Brock Stewart, both of whom impressed during their limited time in the rotation.