Marlins starter Jose Fernandez has left the team, currently in Atlanta, and flown back to Miami to have his right-shoulder examined by a doctor, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. The Marlins’ ace is battling some stiffness in his right shoulder.
Fernandez, 23, had Tommy John surgery in May last year. He made his season debut on July 2 against the Giants, and has racked up a superb 2.30 ERA with a 53/10 K/BB ratio in 43 innings across seven starts.
At 43-67, the Marlins are currently tied with the Phillies for the worst record in baseball. Their starting rotation has seen Dan Haren and Mat Latos leave via trade, and Henderson Alvarez is out after undergoing shoulder surgery. Losing Fernandez for any length of time would only further hurt an already depleted stable of starters.
Chris Cotillo of MassLive.com reports that the Red Sox are nearing an agreement with pitcher Zack Godley. It is still unclear whether the contract will be of the minor or major league variety.
Godley, 30, was with the Tigers on a minor league contract but the club released him in early April. The right-hander pitched for the Diamondbacks and Blue Jays last season, amassing 92 innings with a 5.97 ERA and a 70/42 K/BB ratio. Godley was quite solid for the D-Backs in 2017, posting a 3.37 ERA over 155 innings, so the Red Sox are hoping to see that version of him.
The Red Sox need starting pitching depth with Chris Sale out for the year due to Tommy John surgery and Eduardo Rodríguez sidelined because of a positive COVID-19 test. Collin McHugh is also still on the mend from an elbow injury. The starting rotation at the moment includes Nathan Eovaldi, Martín Pérez, Ryan Weber, and Brian Johnson. It is certainly the club’s biggest weakness.
The Red Sox open up the 2020 regular season at home against the Orioles on July 24. Eovaldi would seem to be the one to get the Opening Day nod. Godley could slot in anywhere else in the rotation, from No. 2 to 5.