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Jose Fernandez will begin pitching in live games at extended spring training next Monday

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Great news on rehabbing ace Jose Fernandez.

Bob Nightengale of USAToday.com reports that Fernandez — who underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last May — has been cleared to begin pitching in games at extended spring training next Monday.

Fernandez will likely make three or four starts at the Marlins’ spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida before embarking on a lengthy minor league rehab assignment. The hope is that he will be ready to make his 2015 debut around the first week of July.

Fernandez, who owns an absurd 2.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 10.3 K/9 in 224 1/3 career innings, has experienced zero setbacks so far in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. And he’s still only 22.

Maybe the Fish will finally have their ducks in a row by the time he’s ready to rock.

Video: Josh Harrison recovers to make a sweet grab

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This wasn’t really a great catch by Josh Harrison because he bungled the route, but it did look cool

And you’ve gotta love Andrew McCutchen laughing at his teammate afterward. This is only Harrison’s second start in right field this season. Jung Ho Kang is at third base for the Pirates on Tuesday night.

Ruben Amaro apologizes for comments about fans, admits he may have been late on rebuild

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Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. told Jim Salisbury of CSNPhilly.com Monday that he is tired of fans who “bitch and complain” about the moves made by his front office. He went on an apology tour for those comments Tuesday, even acknowledging to the hosts of Comcast SportsNet’s “Philly Sports Talk” that he probably waited a year too long to start rebuilding. Here’s part of that appearance …

 

Matt Harvey fine to start Friday night against the Marlins after reports of “dead arm” problem

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Mets ace Matt Harvey had the worst start of his young major league career on Saturday against the Pirates, surrendering seven runs in four innings, and manager Terry Collins indicated a few days later that Harvey is fighting through a period of “dead arm.”

But all is well with the 26-year-old right-hander.

According to beat writer Adam Rubin of ESPN New York, Harvey threw his normal bullpen session Tuesday without issue and will make his next scheduled start this Friday against the Marlins.

Even with the rough outing Saturday, Harvey still boasts a 2.91 ERA, 0.989 WHIP, and 60/10 K/BB ratio in 58 2/3 innings this season.

Harvey missed all of 2014 following Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery.

Brandon Phillips reaggravated his turf toe

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Reds second baseman Brandon Phillips missed back-to-back games earlier this month after being diagnosed with a painful case of turf toe in his left foot, and now the problem has resurfaced.

Beat writer C. Trent Rosecrans of the Cincinnati Enquirer reports that Phillips is out of the Reds’ starting lineup on Tuesday evening against the Rockies after reaggravating the toe injury.

And the absence could extend for several days.

Kristopher Negron will fill in at second base.

Phillips, 33, is batting .299/.337/.357 with two home runs and 18 RBI in 40 games this season for the Reds, who are 18-26. He’s making $12 million in 2015 and is owed $27 million between 2016 and 2017.