Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez not expected until June

  • David Whitlock

As division rival Washington Nationals load up on ace starting pitchers, the Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez is not expected to be back with the team until after June 1.  And that’s an approximation at this point.  The 2013 National League Rookie of the Year Jose Fernandez is recovering from the dreaded Tommy John surgery.  The surgery is relatively common, but comes with a year or more rehabilitation.  Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald has the update:

Fernandez, coming off Tommy John surgery last May, will throw off a mound in spring training, and owner Jeffrey Loria expects him to return sometime after June 1.  “We’re still thinking June, July area” for his return to the majors, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Monday

Wait, was that a July mixed in there?  At that point, you might consider waiting until after the All-Star break.  Or if you’re ten or more games out at that point, why not wait until September?

We hope to see Jose Fernandez on the mound in June Credit: AP

We hope to see Jose Fernandez on the mound in June
Credit: AP

Fernandez is only 21 years old.  Hard to believe, he actually only has 16 major league wins.  The Cuban’s stuff is electric, with an ERA close to two and a pile of strikeouts in 224 innings.  The best comp I can think of is Felix Hernandez.  Let’s hope whenever he comes back, he doesn’t get hurt again for a long time.

H/T Michael Hurcomb / CBSSports.com

– David Whitlock

Featured Image Credit: AP/Alan Diaz

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David (a.k.a. Longhorndave or lhd_on_sports) joined the staff late in the 2012 season and moved to Site Manager in early 2013. A lifelong Houston Astros fan (and mini-season ticket holder for 9 years) he attends 20+ games per year. A statistics freak, David still keeps score the "old fashioned way" on occasion (and has kept manual score of World Series games since 1986 and retains the sheets). He was a featured guest weekly on the Phil Naessens Show. He is also a Texas Longhorns alumnus and huge football and baseball fan of his alma mater. When he isn't watching or writing about baseball, he works as a contractor at NASA Johnson Space Center. He lives by the mantra "a bad day at the ballpark is better than a good day anywhere else."

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