In a year where pitching injuries have been nothing short of plentiful, Doug Fister emerges as an interesting option, at least for the New York Mets and the Toronto Blue Jays, both teams in need of reinforcements as their rotations have been hampered by injuries. Noah Syndergaard, Steven Matz, Seth Lugo, Aaron Sánchez and J.A Happ are all out.
The veteran pitcher looked to impress as he performed in a showcase for five different teams last week, according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation. Those clubs included, apart from both that were mentioned above, the Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels and the San Francisco Giants, per Cotillo. All of these teams have suffered important blows to their squads as Shelby Miller, Garrett Richards and Madison Bumgarner are all injured.
Cotillo’s article doesn’t mention a favorite for Fister, whose last appearance in the MLB came last year when he played for the Houston Astros. The 33-year-old pitched for 180 and 1/3 innings, ending with a 4.64 ERA, 4.75 FIP, 85 ERA+ and was accounted for 115 strikeouts.
Although the Blue Jays are suffering the absence of both Happ and Sánchez, both injuries shouldn’t keep them off the field for a long time.
This isn’t the case for Terry Collins’ side, as they lost Syndergaard and he will remain out until after the All-Star Game, at the least/ Matz and Lugo are both recovering from elbow injuries and they could be back in two-to-three weeks.