Fedde allowed two runs on two hits and four walks while striking out six over 4.1 innings Monday against the Marlins. He didn't factor into the decision. Fedde cruised through the first four innings of his outing before giving up a two-run double to Starlin Castro in the fifth. Fedde ran into trouble with his pitch count, issuing a season-high four walks and tossing an alarming 93 pitches through 4.1 innings. Over nine starts this season, he owns a 5.02 ERA and 1.44 WHIP with 41 punchouts across 43 frames.
Fedde (2-3) earned the win in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Phillies, allowing two hits and two walks while striking out nine over 5.2 shutout innings. It was by far Fedde's best start of the season with the nine strikeouts being a season high, while he also induced seven groundballs compared to one flyball. The 25-year-old has a 5.12 ERA and 1.45 WHIP over 38.2 innings this season and currently lines up to start Monday at Miami.
Fedde will start the first game of the Nationals' doubleheader Tuesday in Philadelphia. After returning from the 60-day disabled list to start Sept. 4 against the Cardinals, Fedde was expected to make his next turn over the weekend, but back-to-back rainouts pushed him to Tuesday on the Nationals' pitching schedule. While Fedde could still theoretically line up for a two-start week with a second turn potentially coming Sunday in Atlanta, it's more likely the Nationals will turn to veteran Tanner Roark, who will start the second game of Tuesday's twin bill, for that contest. Fedde looks likely to retain a rotation spot through the end of the season, but his 6.00 ERA and 1.58 WHIP over seven starts hardly make him a trustworthy fantasy option.
Nationals manager Dave Martinez said Fedde (shoulder) would be reinstated from the 60-day disabled list and start Tuesday against the Cardinals, Mark Zuckerman of MASN Sports reports. Fedde is eligible to return from the DL on Monday, but it's unclear if the team will activate him on that day or wait until Tuesday to do so. In any event, he'll immediately re-enter the rotation to replace Gio Gonzalez, who was traded to the Brewers on Friday. Considering he worked six innings in his third rehab start at Triple-A Syracuse on Aug. 30, Fedde shouldn't face any restrictions with his pitch count upon returning to the Nationals.
Fedde (shoulder) struck out six over 4.2 innings in his second rehab start Saturday for Triple-A Syracuse. He gave up two runs on three hits and two walks. Fedde threw 42 of his 73 pitches for strikes in the outing and looks to be on the cusp of a return from the 60-day disabled list. Since the Nationals won't have a rotation spot waiting for Fedde with Jefry Rodriguez faring well lately as the club's No. 5 starter, the 25-year-old right-hander could be ticketed for long-relief duty once he's formally activated, likely in early September.