The Nationals have placed Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with right forearm tightness and recalled A.J. Cole from Class AAA Syracuse, a surprising development on the heels of Fister’s ragged start Thursday night in San Diego.
Fister was roughed up for seven runs and eight hits in only two innings, serving up a pair of home runs during the Nationals’ 8-3 loss to the Padres. That outing raised his season ERA to 4.31, nearly a full run higher than his career mark and two runs higher than he posted last year.
Fister’s velocity also has dipped, with his average fastball registering 86.1 mph, down from 87.8 mph last season.
This is the fifth time Fister has gone on the DL in his career, but only the second time due to an arm injury. He missed 19 days with the Mariners in 2010 with right shoulder fatigue, with his other DL stints involving injuries to his ribs or side.
Cole returns to the Nationals less than three weeks after his disastrous major-league debut in Atlanta, in which the right-hander gave up nine runs in only two innings. The 23-year-old (rated the organization’s No. 2 prospect) returned to Syracuse after that and made two starts, allowing four runs and 10 hits in 12 total innings.
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