Today is the day: Marlins ace Jose Fernandez returns from Tommy John surgery

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Marlins ace and 22-year-old phenom Jose Fernandez will complete his comeback from Tommy John elbow surgery this afternoon against the Giants, returning to the rotation following 13 months on the sidelines.

Fernandez had an underwhelming final minor-league rehab start at Double-A on June 27, but overall in five rehab starts he struck out 33 batters in 24 innings and worked in the mid-90s with his fastball to show his pre-surgery velocity is still there.

Expecting him to pick up right where he left off in mid-2013 is unrealistic, in part because Fernandez will likely be on limited pitch counts and could struggle with his command at times and in part because he was insanely good before the injury. Fernandez made 36 starts through age 21, posting a 2.25 ERA and 257 strikeouts in 224 innings.

And even after missing more than a year he returns to the Marlins’ rotation one month before his 23rd birthday.

Tyler Glasnow scheduled to rejoin Rays’ rotation

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ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Tampa Bay Rays right-hander Tyler Glasnow is scheduled to rejoin the rotation at Cleveland after missing nearly 14 months because of Tommy John surgery.

The Rays’ Opening Day starter last year hasn’t pitched this season after undergoing the procedure on Aug. 4, 2021.

“I think we’re pretty confident he’ll be starting for us,” Tampa Bay manager Kevin Cash said before the game with Toronto. “This is the first time he’s thrown pain-free in quite some time, so he’s encouraged by it.”

The 6-foot-8 right-hander went 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA in 14 starts last year and is a key addition as the Rays near a wild-card spot.

“Compared to the past, like, three years it feels way better as far as postday and the week leading into starts and stuff,” Glasnow said. “It’s good to have an UCL, you know.”

Cash said Glasnow will throw around 45 pitches in his initial outing, which should allow him to go two or three innings.

“Two innings of Glasnow is still a huge plus for our team,” Cash said. “Like to get three innings. If we do, great. If we don’t, that’s fine, too.”

Glasnow allowed one run, one hit, four walks and had 14 strikeouts over seven innings in four starts with Triple-A Durham.

“I’m really excited,” Glasnow said. “I’m approaching it like normal, staying on routine. Feels normal.”

Glasnow signed a two-year, $30.35 million contract that will delay the start of his free agency by one year last month. He’s making $5.1 million this year and will get $5.35 million next season and $25 million in 2024, which is the first year he would have been eligible for free agency.