From Barry Jackson’s notes column in the Herald, a couple of items relevant to the Marlins’ 2015 pitching staff:
- The Marlins expect Jose Fernandez to throw off a mound in spring training and expect him to be back to throwing balls in anger by June 1. This is a the standard timetable given his May 2014 Tommy John surgery;
- The team is well aware of Dan Haren’s desire to play in southern California and will try to accommodate him if they get any offers for him from California teams, but at the moment they are hearing nothing and they’re not making calls. They think he’ll pitch well in Miami and hope he does.
As for the retirement threat, Jackson notes this tweet from Haren last week:
Today I watched 6 episodes of Family Feud and I cried watching Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, I think I’m ready for baseball to start.
— dan haren (@ithrow88) January 14, 2015
Yeah, he’s gonna pitch.