Doug Fister pitched three innings in an extended spring training game Tuesday and reported no problems with his strained lat muscle, leaving the right-hander on track to join the Nationals’ rotation in about two weeks.
Fister threw 44 pitches and “felt really good with it,” according to manager Matt Williams.
On the disabled list since straining his lat on the final day of spring training, Fister is now entering the final stages of his recovery, simply building his arm up to the point he can be counted on to start a major-league game.
The plan now: Fister will leave Viera on Thursday, come to Washington and throw off a mound in front of Nationals coaches and trainers, then prepare to begin a brief rehab assignment. He is expected to start Sunday for Class A Potomac, going four innings. He would then pitch five innings in another rehab start five days later.
If all goes well, Fister would be in line to join the Nationals’ rotation and make his season debut on or around May 7.