Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez is a client of Scott Boras, so with the recent controversy between the Mets and Matt Harvey, naturally he’s hearing questions about what his first full season back from Tommy John surgery might look like. While he didn’t get into specifics, Fernandez told Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald that he doesn’t expect it to be an issue.
“Whatever it is, we’ll figure it out and we’ll all try to be on the same page,” Fernandez said. “In the offseason, I feel pretty comfortable we’ll all have a meeting with the team, the doctor, (agent) Scott Boras and myself. I don’t think it will be hard at all.”
“I think we’re going to be careful,” Fernandez said without going into specifics about a potential innings limit. “I think we’re going to try to be careful, because it’s a long run, and you want to make sure you stay healthy and you stay good as much as you can.”
Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery in May of 2014. He made his return this July and posted a 2.30 ERA and 53/10 K/BB ratio in 43 innings over seven starts prior to going down with a right biceps strain. He’s coming off the disabled list to start tonight against the fading Nationals.
Fernandez threw 172 2/3 innings when he won the National League Rookie of the Year Award in 2013. Managing his workload shouldn’t be a major source of drama, especially if the Marlins aren’t contenders. They’d have to make a lot of progress over the next year for that to be the case.