Aug 16, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Brad Penny (R) talks with teammate starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (L) in the dugout during the eighth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Marlins Ballpark. The Marlins won 2-1. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Rehab for Miami Marlins ace pitcher Jose Fernandez seems to be going as well as can be hoped for. Earlier news broke on twitter that Jose would be able to begin throwing again very soon.
Just because Fernandez has been cleared doesn’t mean that he will start throwing immediately. According to Joe Frisaro, MLB blogger for the Marlins, he will begin his throwing program within the next two weeks.
This is obviously great news for Jose Fernandez and Marlins fans everywhere. I like the approach of giving him a couple of more weeks before he begins to throw. There is no rush, and a return sometime around the all-star break next season is certainly acceptable.
The last thing that Miami needs is to rush Fernandez back and have him injure something else as he overcompensates for the healing injury. Sometimes teams have to protect the player from themselves. Players don’t get to the major leagues by not being competitive. That competitiveness can lead for them to push too hard to return too quickly.
We have seen enough of Fernandez to know that he is very competitive on the mound. Hopefully he will rein it in while rehabbing this injury. We will continue to monitor Fernandez’s progress and keep you posted in future articles.