Doug Fister recently had skin cancer removed from his neck

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According to Mark Zuckerman of CSNWashington, Nationals right-hander Doug Fister revealed last night that he had skin cancer removed from his neck this week.

Fister could be seen with a row of stitches on the left side of his neck during his start last night against the Giants. He ended up giving up four runs over six innings – his worst start since June 15 — but he told reporters after the game that the procedure had “no effect” on his performance.

Fister offered no other details about the situation, but skin cancer is a big danger for baseball players, coaches, and scouts, who obviously spend a lot of time in the sun. James Wagner of the Washington Post wrote an excellent story on the issue earlier this year.