Doug Fister could join Nationals rotation on May 7

Doug Fister’s debut for the Nationals may be just around the bend. (USATSI)
Doug Fister’s debut for the Nationals may be just around the bend. (USATSI)

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Nationals right-hander Doug Fister, who was acquired this past offseason in a trade with the Tigers, has yet to make his 2014 debut because of spring elbow inflammation. Now, though, his return may be in sight.

Coming off a successful minor-league rehab start on Sunday, Fister, according to what manager Matt Williams told MLB Network Radio, will likely make one more rehab start on Friday and then, barring setback, be in line to start for the Nats on May 7 against the Dodgers. As Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post tweets, May 7 has been Fister's targeted return date for some time.

The 30-year-old Fister boasts a career ERA of 3.53 (115 ERA+) across parts of five MLB seasons. After being traded from Seattle to Detroit, Fister crafted a strikeout/unintentional walk ratio of 4.25. That command comes in tandem with strong groundball tendencies -- a byproduct of Fister's increasing use of the sinker.

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