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Marlins ace Jose Fernandez announces return date as July 2 vs. Giants
Christina De Nicola, Fox Sports Florida
MIAMI — Mark your calendars.
Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez plans on returning from Tommy John surgery on July 2 when the San Francisco Giants visit Marlins Park. He made the announcement during Monday’s FOX Sports Florida telecast.
“It’s been great,” Fernandez said of his rehab during the telecast. “I think the last start was the start when I turned the corner.
“I feel really great. I feel ready to pitch in the big leagues, but there’s a process that we all have to through.” (Read More Here)
Monday 7:45 p.m.: Jose Fernandez update; A-Rod addresses Miami reporters; Heat draft and UM recruiting news; Stephenson trade to impact Heat?
Barry Jackson, Miami Herald
More than a year after undergoing Tommy John surgery, Jose Fernandez said tonight that he is planning to return to the big leagues on Thursday, July 2 at home against San Francisco.
That Marlins-Giants game, a 12:10 p.m. start, wasn’t scheduled to be televised but Fox Sports Florida has agree to air it.
Fernandez, who has made two minor league rehab starts, said earlier in the day that he’s strong enough to pitch in the big leagues immediately but wants to work toward being able to throw 100 pitches in a game. (Read More Here)
Is Miami Homecoming Inevitable Next Step in A-Rod’s Turbulent MLB Career?
Like all stories, Alex Rodriguez‘s MLB journey can be broken into chapters.
First, there were the salad days in Seattle when a toolsy teenager took the league by storm, ultimately guiding the Mariners to three postseason appearances with a mix of speed and raw power.
Then there were the turbulent Texas years, when A-Rod inked a then-record-shattering 10-year, $252 million contract with the Rangers and won his first American League MVP Award in 2003 but was shipped out via trade the following season. (Read More Here)
How Mat Latos got his velocity groove back
We have not spent a lot of time talking about Miami Marlins starter Mat Latos’s velocity, in part because the story had seemingly been written. Last year, Latos spent time on the disabled list for various ailments, including a left knee problem that eventually sidelined him for the season. At the same time, he saw a two mph dip in his velocity, which at the time had not necessarily affected his ERA but certainly cracked the armor of the former ace. The concern going into this season was that Latos would never get that velocity back.
Then Saturday night, Latos’s first start after spending time on the disabled list again for the same knee issue, happened.
Specifically, this happened. (Read More Here)
Marlins 3B Martin Prado (shoulder) likely out for series vs. Yankees
Scooby Axson, SI
Miami Marlins third baseman Martin Prado will likely miss the team’s two-game series against the New York Yankees starting on Monday because of a shoulder injury.
Prado left in the first inning of Sunday’s 4-1 loss to the Colorado Rockies with a sprained right shoulder after he fell trying to beat out a grounder to third. Prado’s foot made contact with the glove of Marlins first baseman Ben Paulsen as he was reaching first base. Donovan Solano replaced Prado in the lineup and went 0-for-3.
“Right now I’m in a lot of pain,” Prado said to MLB.com. “For now, it’s just day to day. But right now, I’ve got a lot of pain. We’re waiting until tomorrow to see how it feels.” (Read More Here)
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