Jose Fernandez could return to Marlins within two weeks after “wow” bullpen session

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Jose Fernandez threw a bullpen session today for the first time since going on the disabled list with a strained biceps muscle and it went so well that the Marlins are now hoping he can rejoin the rotation within two weeks.

General manager-turned manager Dan Jennings was full of optimism after Fernandez threw 30 pitches, telling Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald:

I think it went something like, wow. I talked to [trainer Sean Cunningham], and he said it was very impressive. He said he’s right on track, looks good, jumped out of his hand. So we’ll start to build that up now.

Jennings also told Spencer that another bullpen session followed by a simulated game will likely be needed before Fernandez is cleared to return, so “somewhere early to mid-September is probably a realistic target date.”

Fernandez missed much of the season recovering from Tommy John elbow surgery, debuting on July 2. The bad news is that he made just seven starts before going back on the disabled list. The good news is that it appears to be a minor injury and he looked every bit like his dominant, pre-surgery self before the DL stint, going 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA and 53/10 K/BB ratio in 43 innings.

Orioles set new MLB record with 259th home run allowed

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Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.

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A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.

The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.

David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.

The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.