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Bill Ladson

Fister hopes to start throwing soon

Fister hopes to start throwing soon

WASHINGTON -- After Sunday's 4-1 victory over the Phillies, right-hander Doug Fister was standing outside the Nationals locker room talking to one of the security guards and was in good spirits.

Fister, who is on the disabled list with right forearm tightness, said he is feeling better and hopes to start throwing soon.

"It's kind of a slow process," Fister said. "The process of getting complete game ready is going to be a little bit, but I'm making strides every day."

Fister appeared in seven games this season and was 2-2 with a 4.31 ERA. He last pitched on May 15 against the Padres, allowing seven runs in two innings. Fister had to sit through nearly a two-hour rain delay before taking the mound, but he said that wasn't a factor in his poor performance.

Fister said he was dealing with the forearm problems before his start in San Diego.

"It's been nagging me a little bit, the tightness," Fister said. "It has not allowed me to completely pitch to full capacity. … But that San Diego start really fired it up real tight."

Bill Ladson is a reporter for MLB.com and writes an MLBlog, All Nats All the Time. He also can be found on Twitter @WashingNats. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.