WASHINGTON -- Doug Fister took another step in his recovery from a right lat strain on Tuesday, throwing his second simulated game in extended spring training in Viera, Fla. The three-inning, 44-pitch outing went well, according to Nationals manager Matt Williams, and the right-hander is expected to return to Washington on Thursday before making a Minor League rehab start on Sunday.
"Felt good with everything," Williams said. "Lots of grounders, and reported that he felt really good with it."
Fister has been on the 15-day disabled list since March 29, and now has thrown simulated games of two and three innings. The plan is for him to complete rehab starts of four and then five innings before being activated, barring any setbacks.
The location of Fister's assignment has not been set, but Williams said it likely will be Class A Advanced Potomac.