Doug Fister to return to Nationals’ rotation Thursday

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Nationals right-hander Doug Fister has been on the disabled list since mid-May with a flexor strain in his right elbow, but he tossed six scoreless innings in his second rehab start Friday at Double-A Harrisburg and he made it through a bullpen session Tuesday without issue. The next time he pitches, per Chelsea Janes of the Washington Post, will be Thursday in the Nationals’ series finale against the Rays.

Fister had an ugly-looking 4.31 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over his first seven starts this season, but he was likely pitching hurt in his last outing on May 14, when the Padres torched him for seven runs in two innings.

The 31-year-old posted a 2.41 ERA and 1.079 WHIP in 164 innings last season for Washington.