Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez not expected until June
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?
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.
– David Whitlock
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