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Nats adjust rotation with Doug Fister now off disabled list


Nats adjust rotation with Doug Fister now off disabled list

Doug Fister returned to the Nationals' rotation on Thursday for his first start since coming off the 15-day disabled list and, as a result, adjustments were made to their pitching staff.

The Nats' scheduled starters will now be pushed back a day with rookie Joe Ross pitching on Friday, Max Scherzer on Saturday and Gio Gonzalez on Sunday. And, though manager Matt Williams avoided specifics when discussing the corresponding move, it appears Tanner Roark is headed back to the bullpen.

"It just means everybody gets pushed. Fister takes his spot. It's like an off-day in the grand scheme of it. Everybody gets pushed a day," Williams said.

Right-hander Taylor Hill was sent back down to Triple-A Syracuse to make room for Fister, who rejoins the team after missing over a month with a right forearm strain.

Fister made seven starts this season before going on the DL after an outing against the Padres in San Diego. He is 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA on the year.

Williams cited Roark's attitude and versatility as making transitions like this easy for the coaching staff.

"It's certainly a luxury to know that Tanner can do all of those things. If do have an issue like we do with Doug or with [Stephen Strasburg], then he inserts back into the rotation and can do great and pitch well for us," he said.

"I think [his mentality] is the overriding factor. He just doesn't care. If it's an inning, he's ready to pitch that inning. If it's three, he's ready for that. And if it's a start, he's ready for that. He enjoys the opportunity to pitch whatever that is and whenever that is. He's proven that he can handle all of it."

Williams said he does not anticipate any pitch count or innings restrictions for Fister, who started twice in his recently completed minor league rehab assignment. Fister pitched 9 2/3 innings between Triple-A Syracuse and Double-A Harrisburg, allowing one earned run on nine hits and no walks.

"I'm sure there will be questions to him in between innings. 'Are you feeling okay?' ... For me it's a health issue. Making sure he doesn't feel any tightness. As long as that's the case, then he's good to go. We'll monitor it through the game in that regard," Williams said.

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

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Did Max Scherzer's dance moves cause the Junkies' broadcast to lose power?

Watching Max Scherzrer rack up Ks during a game is a usual sight for fans.

Dancing is not.

On Wednesday while the Sports Junkies were broadcasting at Nats Spring Training in West Palm Beach, we got a taste of what the back-to-back Cy Young Award winner has to offer on the dance floor. 

With just about a week left until their season kicks off, manager Dave Martinez hired a DJ for the day's workout, saying he wanted to "turn it up a notch." 

Well he turned it up a few too many notches, causing the back end of the complex where the Junkies were broadcasting to lose power.

While the Junkies were put in a pickle because of said DJ, we were able to get a glance of Scherzer dancing to Drakes' "God's Plan."


It's nice to see the usually lazer-focused pitcher let loose.

While Scherzer's dance moves didn't actually cause the Junkies to lose power, it's nice to think they were too much for the ballpark to handle. 

106.7 The Fans Sports Junkies simulcasts on NBC Sports Washington every weekday morning from 6:00 to 10:00 am ET. You can stream the Sports Junkies right here

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The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful


The sound of Bryce Harper's first spring training HR is beautiful

It's that wonderful time of year again — when baseball teams flock to warmer climates for spring training and the regular season is practically around the corner — and Bryce Harper is already killing it.

It took the Washington Nationals a few games to brush away their offseason cobwebs and get back into gear, but since the beginning of March, they're riding a five-game win streak as of Sunday the 4th.

They are 6-4-1 in spring training going into Monday's matchup against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Since Thursday, the Nats have taken down — in order — the Atlanta Braves, New York Mets, defending World Series champion Houston Astros, the Detroit Tigers and the Mets again. Sunday's 6-2 win against the Tigers was in large part thanks to Harper's bat, as the star of the team drilled his first home run of spring training. 


Turn up the volume for this one because the sound of Harper's contact with the ball is just beautiful — and perhaps enough to get you pumped for the March 29 opener.

Harper blew this ball away in the bottom of the third for a two-run homer with Howie Kendrick on base. He also had a single in the fourth and finished the game with three RBI.

Gio Gonzalez was the winning pitcher for the Nats.