Legends On Deck

Marlins Fernandez Returns To Mound In Unimpressive Rehab Start

Photo Credit: Mark LoMoglio/Yankees

The Miami Marlins Jose Fernandez appeared in just eight games in 2014 before suffering an injury to his right elbow which required season ending Tommy John surgery.

Fernandez started his comeback during his rehab with a start on Saturday with the Jupiter Hammerheads against the Charlotte Stone Crabs at Charlotte Sports Park.

The Marlins Ace did not have an impressive appearance as he pitched in three innings, allowing five runs on eight hits, walking two and striking out just two batters.

The Cuban native quickly became a fan favorite and the Marlins Ace during his debut season in 2013 as he won the Rookie of the Year award, finished third in the Cy Young voting, was elected to the All Star game and finished the season, 12-6, with a 2.19 ERA and 187 strike outs in 172 innings.

The Marlins have seen better days, but after firing their manager Mike Redmond on May 17th, they are 7-11 and have fallen to 10 games under .500 at 23-33.  They weren’t off to a great start by any means, especially with a 16-22 record, but with their off season moves they hope was for better play.

Things are not looking good on the southern east coast of Florida, so a quick recovery to Fernandez’s productive form is what the Marlins are really hoping for. They definitely need their Ace to turn things around. Hopefully he can deliver.

David Conde
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