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Washington RHP Doug Fister placed on 15-day DL; Tigers-Nationals game canceled due to rain

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    Bob Coleman, with field security, puts on his rain poncho before an exhibition baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Washington. The game was canceled due to weather. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (The Associated Press)

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    The field is covered before an exhibition baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Washington. The game was canceled due to weather. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (The Associated Press)

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    Fans sit under umbrellas in the rain before an exhibition baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Washington. The game was canceled due to weather. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (The Associated Press)

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    Alli Engle and Adam Noll, both from Arlington, Va., sit in the rain before an exhibition baseball game between the Washington Nationals and the Detroit Tigers at Nationals Park Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Washington. The game was canceled due to weather. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (The Associated Press)

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    CORRECTS OPENING DAY TO MARCH 31, NOT APRIL 4 - Washington Nationals starting pitcher Stephen Strasburg (37) warms up before an exhibition baseball game against the Detroit Tigersat Nationals Park Saturday, March 29, 2014, in Washington. Strasburg is scheduled to start on opening day on March 31. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon) (The Associated Press)

The Nationals have placed pitcher Doug Fister on the 15-day disabled list with a strained muscle on the right side of his upper back.

The move is retroactive to March 23. The Nationals made the announcement Saturday in finalizing their opening day roster after their scheduled exhibition game against the Detroit Tigers was canceled because of rain.

Fister will be shut down for five days before resuming his rehabilitation. The right-hander, obtained in an offseason trade with Detroit, is expected to miss anywhere from three weeks to 30 days, manager Matt Williams said.

Taylor Jordan takes over the No. 5 spot in Washington's rotation.