Jose Fernandez’s outstanding rookie season will come to a premature end, as Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins plan to shut the 20-year-old rookie down once he reaches around 170 innings.
Coming into the season the Marlins talked about limiting Fernandez to 150-170 innings, but he’s been so good that they’re willing to stretch that a little bit if needed. Still, he’s already thrown 105 innings and is on pace to throw about 185, so he’s going to miss some starts at some point.
Fernandez made the jump from Single-A to the majors after throwing 134 innings in the minors last season, so the Marlins are being smart by limiting his workload in a non-contending season. His future is extremely bright and Fernandez made his first All-Star team by throwing 105 innings with a 2.75 ERA and 103/40 K/BB ratio in the first half.
Yankees first baseman Greg Bird gave his team tons of confidence to hand him the everyday job at first base to start the 2017 regular season, batting .451/.556/1.098 with eight home runs in 51 spring at-bats. But he’s followed that up by hitting .107/.254/.214 through the first month of the regular season.
GM Brian Cashman doesn’t have any intent to demote Bird back to Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, MLB.com’s Bryan Hoch reports. Cashman said, “It’s not even an option for me in my mind right now, at all.”
Bird didn’t start Sunday’s game against the Orioles, a 7-4 loss in 11 innings. Lefty Wade Miley started for the Orioles, prompting manager Joe Girardi to put Chris Carter into the lineup at first base. If Bird isn’t able to figure things out, Carter might have an increased role on the team.
Rays starter Chris Archer threw his first pitch to Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista behind the slugger’s back with one out in the first inning of Sunday afternoon’s game in Toronto. Bautista and Archer then had a staredown. Home plate umpire Jim Wolf issued warnings to both teams. Bautista ultimately flied out to right field and he appeared to have a quick word with Archer on his way back to the dugout.
Archer could have been exacting revenge — euphemistically known as “protecting his teammate” — because Jays reliever Joe Biagini hit Rays outfielder Steven Souza in the seventh inning of Saturday’s game. Souza was forced to leave the game and underwent an X-ray, which came back negative. He was held out of Sunday’s lineup. Biagini’s pitch did not appear to be intentional.
The Jays won Sunday’s contest 3-1 with no further incident. The two clubs meet again in Tampa for a three-game series starting on May 5, so we’ll see if Sunday was the last of the bad blood between them.