It may not have felt like it, considering he didn't make his season debut until May 9, but the Nationals rushed Doug Fister back from the disabled list.
After straining his lat muscle on the final day of spring training, Fister was back on the mound making his first rehab start April 17 at extended spring training. He pitched another game in Viera on April 22, then headed north to pitch for Class A Potomac on April 27. Five days later, Fister threw 76 pitches for Class AA Harrisburg, and that was it. He was cleared to come off the DL and make his first big-league start of the season Friday night in Oakland.
The results weren't pretty. Fister was tagged by the Athletics for seven runs (five earned) in only 4 1/3 innings, serving up three homers during the Nationals' 8-0 loss at O.co Coliseum.