It’s been something of an odd, nomadic existence so far for Doug Fister. He was traded to the Nationals five months ago, but all of his time to date had been spent away from his new home.
Fister spent the spring in Viera, Fla., with the rest of his teammates, then stayed there after landing on the disabled list with a lat strain to open the season. He worked his way back to make a few minor-league rehab starts, then made his first two starts for the Nationals on the other side of the country, in Oakland and Phoenix.
So last night’s outing at Nationals Park carried some more significance for Fister. At long last, he got a chance to pitch off the mound in his team’s ballpark, in front of his team’s fans.