Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports that the Nationals have placed starter Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list due to tightness in his right forearm. A.J. Cole has been recalled from Triple-A Syracuse to take Fister’s spot in the rotation.
Fister, 31, has struggled this season, posting a 4.31 ERA with an 18/10 K/BB ratio in 39 2/3 innings. The right-hander is earning $11.4 million this season and is eligible for free agency after the season. It’s unfortunate for the Nationals as he was the most likely pitcher to be traded by the July 31 deadline. He still may, but his value will take a hit considering his struggles and his injury.
Cole, 23, made his major league debut on April 28 against the Braves, but was hammered. He gave up nine runs (four earned) on nine hits and and a walk with one strikeout in two innings. He has had good results in the minors, however, compiling a 2.67 ERA with a 16/2 K/BB ratio in 27 innings.