VIERA, Fla. — Doug Fister was among the most impressive players in camp for about three weeks. But then the right-hander experienced elbow inflammation after his first start of the spring and he’s spent the last 20 days working way back.
Today, though, Fister returns to the mound for a Grapefruit League game, scheduled to throw three innings and 45 pitches against the Marlins. He won’t exactly be facing Miami’s best, since it’s a split-squad lineup, but the results are much less important than his ability simply to complete his three innings of work in good health.
After giving his regulars yesterday off, Matt Williams has just about everybody back playing today. And he’s got Ian Desmond once again hitting second, which certainly looks like his plan to open the season. The 3-4-5 arrangement remains a work-in-progress, though, with Jayson Werth, Ryan Zimmerman and Bryce Harper all getting shots at all spots.