A day after Washington pitcher Doug Fister said he recently had surgery to remove skin cancer from his neck, Nationals manager Matt Williams says players and coaches are very aware they’re at risk for the disease.
Asked about what appeared to be a cut on his neck, Fister said: “I had some skin cancer removed a couple of days ago.”
This is one trade that Tigers fans will not soon let the organization forget.
So as mad as I still remain about the Fister trade, I thought it would be good therapy to take a look at all the players that DD dealt away and how most of them have failed to succeed.
Robbie Ray, a rookie filling in for 2013 ERA champion Anibal Sanchez, certainly made the most of his two starts in the big leagues.
Ray got a standing ovation when he left the game Tuesday night.
Alex Avila can understand how Astros batters struggled to hit Robbie Ray’s deceptive fastball; at times Avila struggled to catch it.
Ray will take the spot of 2013 ERA champion Anibal Sanchez, who is on the 15-day disabled list with a laceration on his middle finger.
Smyly pitched out of the bullpen in 2013, recording an ERA of 2.37 as the most reliable reliever for the Tigers last season.
Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister left a minor league start after one inning Thursday with a strain of the latissimus dorsi muscle on the right side of his back and may not be able to take his first turn in the rotation on April 6.