Fister announced his decision to retire Wednesday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports.
Fister apparently received multiple major-league contract offers this offseason, but the 35-year-old decided to call it quits in order to spend more time with the family. Across parts of 10 big-league seasons, Fister posted a career 3.72 ERA.
The Rangers declined Fister's $4.5 million option for 2019 on Friday.
Fister made just 12 starts for the Rangers in 2018 due to injuries, posting a 4.50 ERA, 1.39 WHIP and 5.5 K/9 over those outings. While the veteran right-hander is expected to be healthy by spring training, he has now dealt with injuries in three of the last four seasons, posting a combined 4.56 ERA and 1.41 WHIP over that stretch.
Fister (knee) has been ruled out for the remainder of the season, Levi Weaver of The Athletic Dallas reports.
Fister, who has been sidelined since June 10 with a strained right knee, was recently shut down after it was determined that he would be unlikely to pitch again this season. He'll continue rehabbing at home as he looks to get back to full health ahead of spring training next year. The 34-year-old posted a 4.50 ERA across 12 starts (66 innings) with the Rangers before injuring himself.
The Rangers transferred Fister (knee) to the 60-day disabled list Sunday.
The extent of the strained right knee Fister suffered during his June 8 outing still isn't fully known, but the Rangers evidently determined that the injury was serious enough to sideline him for at least two months. In addition to depleting Texas' already porous rotation, Fister's injury likely closes the door on the Rangers selling him to a contending club at the July 31 trade deadline. With Fister joining Martin Perez (elbow) on the 60-day DL, newly promoted starters Yohander Mendez and Yovani Gallardo should both have the opportunity to make multiple turns through the rotation for the big club.
Rangers manager Jeff Banister said that Fister (knee), who was placed on the disabled list Sunday, would be sidelined for longer than the minimum 10 days, T.R. Sullivan of MLB.com reports.
Fister has already spent time on the DL this season due to a hip issue, so the Rangers will let the right-hander take some time off to recover while he battles another lower-body injury. Thanks to a pair of off-days during the upcoming week, the Rangers won't require a replacement for Fister in the rotation until June 19 against the Royals, so look for the team to get by with a four-man rotation for the time being.
Fister was placed on the 10-day disabled list Sunday with a strained right knee.
Fister was diagnosed with the injury after he was sent in for an MRI following his five-inning start in the series opener Friday against the Astros. Due to upcoming team off days Monday and Thursday, the Rangers would be able to get by without a fifth starter until June 19, at which point Fister would be eligible to return from the DL. The Rangers will presumably wait and see if Fister is ready to resume a throwing program within the next few days before determining whether or not they'll need to add another to the mix temporarily.
The Rangers are still waiting on the results of an MRI on Fister's right knee, Adam Grosbard of the Dallas Morning News reports.
Manager Jeff Banister spoke with Fister on Saturday and said the right-hander was "not feeling great." The Rangers have some time before making a decision, as Fister is not scheduled to pitch again until Friday against Colorado.
Fister (1-7) allowed five runs on six hits in a loss to the Astros on Friday, striking out two and walking two in five innings.
Fister (who left the game in the sixth with an apparent knee injury) gave up a four-spot in the second inning, which was too much to surrender in a matchup against Houston starter Justin Verlander. Fister has thrown five quality starts -- out of 12 total starts -- on the year, and currently holds a 4.50 ERA and 1.39 WHIP while opponents are hitting .278 off the veteran. He'll look for his second win of the season in his next start against the Rockies at home.
Fister's outing against the Astros on Friday was cut short by an apparent injury.
Fister was lifted from the game after throwing one pitch in the sixth inning. It was later determined that he was dealing with right knee soreness, Hunter Atkins of the Houston Chronicle reports, and he's expected to be evaluated Saturday.
Fister (1-6) allowed three earned runs on four hits and no walks while striking out one across six innings to take the loss Sunday against the Angels.
Fister engaged in a pitchers' duel with Tyler Skaggs but didn't get run support. As a result, he took his second consecutive loss, despite recording quality starts on both occasions. He continued his season-long trend of inducing few strikeouts and instead relying on generating soft contact to get outs. That approach limits his fantasy value even though he has posted a respectable 4.13 ERA through 11 starts this season.
Fister (1-5) allowed two runs on a walk and six hits with two strikeouts through six innings but still took the loss Monday against the Mariners.
Fister managed a strong start despite inducing just one swinging strike thanks to 13 groundballs. It's a fine strategy when Fister is on his game, but when he's even slightly off, opponents have hammered him. Fister has failed to complete the fifth inning three times and has allowed five, six and eight runs in starts on separate occasions this season. In the current homer-heavy environment, the margin for error for pitchers like Fister is tiny, so unfortunately, it's hard to count on consistency from him. He'll make his next start against another division rival Saturday against the Angels.
Fister didn't factor into the decision in Wednesday's 12-10 win over the Yankees, coughing up eight runs (six earned) on 11 hits -- including three home runs -- and a walk over 4.1 innings. He struck out two.
The veteran served up multiple homers for the third time in his last four starts, inflating his ERA to 4.22 in the process. Fister needs to keep the ball on the ground and in the park to be effective. He may have a little more success on that front in his next outing Monday in Seattle.
Fister allowed six hits while walking none and striking out four across seven innings Thursday against the White Sox. He did not factor into the decision.
Fister wasn't particularly dominant in his strong effort but managed to avoid hard contact and got timely outs. As part of one of the worst rotations in baseball, Fister has been counted on to work deep into games this season, with this being his fourth consecutive start in which he has worked at least 6.1 innings. Despite striking out only 33 batters in 44.2 innings this season, he has allowed more than three earned runs in a start only once this season.
Fister will start Thursday's game against the White Sox since Cole Hamels was scratched with neck stiffness.
Fister will go on normal rest after pitching Saturday in Houston. Over seven starts this season, Fister has logged a 4.06 ERA and 1.46 WHIP with a 29:15 K:BB across 37.2 innings.
Fister (1-4) took the loss against the Astros on Saturday, allowing three runs on four hits and three walks over 6.1 innings while striking out four.
The veteran threw only 53 of 96 pitches for strikes and got hit hard when he was getting the ball over the plate, serving up homers to Brian McCann and Evan Gattis, but he was still able to deliver his second quality start of the season. Fister will look for a better result, or at least more run support, in his next outing Friday on the road against the White Sox.
Fister (1-3) was saddled with the loss Sunday, allowing six runs on nine hits and two walks while striking out five across 6.1 innings against the Red Sox.
Fister's ERA jumped from 2.88 to 4.02 ERA after allowing a season high in runs scored on him. He was chased from the ballgame with one out in the seventh inning after giving up a solo home run to J.D. Martinez.The 34-year-old's next start is expected to come Saturday against the Astros.
Fister allowed two runs (none earned) on six hits and two walks while striking out four over 6.2 innings in Tuesday's win over the Indians. He did not factor into the decision.
Fister held the Indians scoreless through the first six innings but allowed two runs to come across in the seventh on a couple of hits and a throwing error. He was in line to pick up his second winning decision of the season before closer Keone Kela blew a four-run lead in the ninth. Fister owns a strong 2.88 ERA on the year but is averaging just five innings and four strikeouts per start, thus severely capping his fantasy value. He draws a tough test in his next start Sunday against the Red Sox.
Fister allowed two runs on four hits and three walks with three strikeouts over 4.2 innings as he failed to last long enough to earn the win Wednesday against the Athletics.
Fister was coming off the disabled list with a hip injury, so it was a surprise to see the Rangers push him as hard as they did. The Rangers allowed Fister to throw 105 pitches in an effort to qualify for the win, but he just couldn't get that last out. In the end, Fister couldn't miss enough bats. Athletics hitters whiffed just four times, as they wouldn't chase when Fister tried to nibble. That was the cause of his three walks, including the one to Jed Lowrie that ended his night in the fifth inning. Fister owns a 3.93 ERA, but the 34-year-old's endurance is suspect, as he has a high of just five innings pitched this season and has already required one trip to the disabled list.
Fister (hip) was activated off the 10-day disabled list ahead of his scheduled start Wednesday.
As expected, the veteran starter will come back from injury to take his spot in the Rangers' rotation. Fister will take on Kendall Graveman and the Athletics in his first start since April 9.
Fister (hip) will be activated from the disabled list Wednesday and will start that day against Oakland.
Fister has been out since April 10 with a strained right hip. The veteran righty was off to a solid start before his injury, tossing 13.2 innings with a 3.95 ERA.
|Minor League Pitching Stats|
|2012||AAA-Toledo Mud Hens||4.0||1||1||0||0||0||0||5||1||2||0.00||0.750|
|2017||AAA-Salt Lake Bees||15.2||3||3||0||1||0||0||10||5||16||4.14||1.382|