Rangers shut down Doug Fister for the year

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The Rangers have shut pitcher Doug Fister down for the year, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports. Fister’s rehab timeline for his knee injury made it very unlikely he would pitch in the majors this season, so the club has simply sent him home to continue his rehab.

Fister, 34, signed a one-year, $4 million deal with the Rangers in November. The contract includes a $4.5 million club option for 2019 with a $500,000 buyout. Over 66 innings this season, Fister compiled a 4.50 ERA with a 40/19 K/BB ratio across 12 starts.

The Rangers may value Fister’s ability to provide rotation depth, so the club may pick up the relatively cheap club option for next year.