PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. -- Manager Matt Williams said right-hander Doug Fister is doing well a day after pitching 3 2/3 innings without giving up a run against the Marlins on Saturday afternoon. It was Fister's first game since March 2. He missed most of Spring Training because of inflammation in his right elbow. His next start will most likely be Thursday against the Mets.
Fister is expected to throw 60 to 65 pitches in the game. He could pitch in a Minor League game before his regular season gets started. Fister's first regular-season game could be April 6 against the Braves.
"After yesterday, he came in today and didn't report any soreness. Nothing other than normal soreness that any pitcher would have," Williams said. "I would hope that he is ready to go [by Opening Day]. The more you push him, the more things can creep up. Today's report was good. We'll progress him. Hopefully, the next one is good, too."
Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the time. He also could be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.