Doug Fister to rest elbow

New Nationals pitcher Doug Fister was scratched from Friday's start because of elbow inflammation. John McDonnell/The Washington Post/Getty Images

VIERA, Fla. -- Washington Nationals right-hander Doug Fister was scratched from his scheduled start Friday against the Houston Astros because of inflammation in his elbow.

Nationals manager Matt Williams says he'll "push him [back] a couple of days, just to make sure; get it out of there."

Fister, acquired in an offseason trade with the Detroit Tigers, threw 30 pitches over two innings Sunday in his spring debut. Williams says Fister felt discomfort in his right elbow after the game.

He had an MRI on Thursday.

"We're not concerned about it," Williams said, but at the same time, they're "not going to take any chances."

The Nationals planned to start Tanner Roark against the Astros.