Nationals to activate Strasburg off disabled list, move Fister to bullpen

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Nationals to activate Stephen Strasburg, move Doug Fister to bullpen
Friday August 7th, 2015

Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg will return from the disabled list to start Saturday against the Colorado Rockies, manager Matt Williams announced on Thursday. 

Strasburg's return creates a logjam in the team's rotation, so the Nationals are moving pitcher Doug Fister to the bullpen.

Williams announced that rookie Joe Ross, who was previously sent back to Triple A when Strasburg came off the DL in July, will remain in the rotation.

Fister has struggled of late this season and currently boasts a career-high 4.60 ERA and 1.419 WHIP through 15 starts.

In seven major-league starts, Ross has a 2.80 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 45 innings.

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Strasburg was placed on the DL in early July with a left oblique strain. He recently completed a rehab stint at Triple A Syracuse.

- Molly Geary

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