The Washington Nationals announced this morning that right-hander Doug Fister has been scratched from today's start with right elbow inflammation. Nats' manager Matt Williams was quoted sharing the news via the Nationals' official Twitter account:
#Nats Manager Matt Williams said RHP Doug Fister won't start today due to a little inflammation in his elbow. MRI good, concern low.— Washington Nationals (@Nationals) March 7, 2014
Acquired in a 3-for-1 trade with the Detroit Tigers this winter, Fister, a 6'8'' starter who turned 30 in February, is coming off a +4.6 fWAR 2013 campaign with the Tigers in which he was (14-9) with a 3.67 ERA, 3.26 FIP, 44 walks (1.90 BB/9) and 159 Ks (6.86 K/9) in 33 games, 32 starts and 208 2/3 IP in his fifth major league season.
There is not much information available now, but here's what's being said on Twitter so far this morning since the announcement:
Doug Fister has elbow inflammation. Had an MRI & will rest few days. Matt Williams isn't concerned. Fister told him he'd pitch if in season.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) March 7, 2014
Williams says Doug Fister has inflammation in his elbow. That's the reason for him being scratched today. Got an MRI, not considered serious— Dan Kolko (@masnKolko) March 7, 2014
#Nationals pitcher Doug Fister is scratched from today's start due to inflammation in his elbow. MRI revealed no real concerns of damage.— Bernie Pleskoff (@BerniePleskoff) March 7, 2014
Doug Fister scratched from today's start with Nationals due to elbow inflammation, team says.— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) March 7, 2014
Mike Rizzo says there is no structural damage to Doug Fister's elbow. Plan for now is to skip this start and go from there.— James Wagner (@JamesWagnerWP) March 7, 2014
More information when it is available...