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

Washington Nationals starter Stephen Strasburg will return from the disabled list to start Saturday against the Colorado Rockies.
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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