The news that came out of Viera yesterday about Doug Fister could under no circumstances be considered positive. Just when it looked like the right-hander was on track to start the season on time, he was pulled from a minor-league game after only one inning with a strained lat muscle.
Fister will be examined today in Washington by team orthopedist Wiemi Douoguih, after which the Nationals will make a decision how to proceed.
Here's a nickel's worth of advice: Don't take any chances here. Take the overly cautious route. There's no sense trying to rush Fister back.