In his first two Grapefruit League starts, Washington Nationals' right-hander Doug Fister has given up five hits, two walks and two runs, one earned in 4 ⅓ IP. After his last outing, a 2 ⅓-inning start against the Houston Astros, the 31-year-old told reporters that though he wasn't at his best, there was plenty he could take from the outing.
"'It wasn't my greatest today, but there's a lot of things I can pull from it,'" Fister explained, as quoted by MASN's Chris Johnson.
"'I'm kind of fighting myself timing-wise, so there's a lot of highlights that I can make in the bullpen to really work on and lock in.'"
Fister threw a total of 53 pitches last time out, though he wasn't happy with a lot of the pitches he threw.
"'Looking at today, there was a lot of poor pitches that I threw and kind of got away with,'" he told reporters.
This afternoon, Fister will make his third start of the Spring in Jupiter, Florida's Roger Dean Stadium where the Nats will take on the Miami Marlins in Grapefruit League action.
The Nationals are sending a mix of regulars and roster hopefuls to Jupiter today, with Michael Taylor, Ryan Zimmerman and hard-hitting Clint Robinson making the trip.
Tyler Moore is in left field again... will he be there on Opening Day? Danny Espinosa's getting a lot of work at short this Spring. That's all I've got...
Here's the Nationals' lineup for this afternoon's game vs the Fish:
This afternoon's game is another radio-only affair, with the broadcast available via MLB.com's Gameday audio (Marlins feed). Fister vs Mat Latos at 1:05 PM EDT.