Marlins starter Jose Fernandez had his second throwing session at Marlins Park on Friday. The right-hander is working his way back from the Tommy John surgery he had back in May, and he says he feels as good as he ever has.
“The ball is coming out of my hand incredible,” Fernandez said after completing just his second throwing session in his comeback from Tommy John surgery. “I’m just excited to get a ball in my hand and let it go again.”
“I have never felt this good ever,” he said. “The ball is coming out of my hand effortlessly.”
Fernandez was quick to punctuate his enthusiasm with caution, saying he will be careful not to do too much too fast. Still, this has to be music to the Marlins’ ears. Despite losing Fernandez after only eight starts, they finished at 77-85, their best record since 2010. They’ll attempt to sign outfielder and NL MVP candidate Giancarlo Stanton to a contract extension in the winter, and attempt to make further progress in the NL East with a healthy Fernandez at the top of the rotation.
At least for now, Fernandez will throw every other day, on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. It’s not yet known when he will throw from a mound, though Spencer suggests it won’t be until January at the earliest.