|2015 Regular Season|
He needed about five minutes to complete the 25 throws to Marlins athletic trainer Sean Cunningham, who winced occasionally as Fernandez's throws from about 30 to 45 feet neared his glove.
Fernandez made 25 throws of 30 feet - half the distance from the mound to the plate - and said he felt great after the brief workout Wednesday at Marlins Park. The 2013 National League Rookie of the Year was cleared last week to begin a throwing program. Fernandez underwent surgery May 16 and hopes to return around midseason in 2015.
The 2013 National League Rookie of the Year plans on throwing either at 30 or 45 feet for three to four minutes during the Oct. 1 throwing session, but does not anticipate expediting the process for a return. Fernandez is attempting to come back from his season-ending Tommy John surgery May 16. He is 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA in 28 career starts and has 187 strikeout in 172 2-3 innings.
The 21-year-old Fernandez was put on the 15-day disabled list Monday. Last season's NL Rookie of the Year was examined Tuesday by Marlins team physician Lee Kaplan in Florida. The Marlins said Fernandez is visiting with his family to talk about his options.
Fernandez saw his ERA rise to 2.44 after yielding six runs - five earned - over five-plus innings.
Fernandez was struck on the inside of the left thigh during Sunday's 5-4 win over the Los Angeles Dodgers. On Monday, he was selected as the National League Pitcher of the Month. The 21-year-old right-hander was hit by a one-hopper off the bat of Dee Gordon. Fernandez remained in the game and pitched seven innings, and got a no-decision. Fernandez said he had a painful bruise, but that he was feeling better.
Fernandez yielded three runs - two earned - and five hits. He also issued four walks for the second time this season. Fernandez has never lost at home, going 12-0 with a 1.09 ERA over 20 starts dating to last year's rookie season.
Fernandez continues to be mostly untouchable, yielding just two hits while striking out eight. His 0.83 WHIP was the fifth-best in baseball entering Wednesday's action.
Fernandez matched his career best with 14 strikeouts over eight shutout innings of three-hit ball. His 47 strikeouts in 31 2-3 innings were the most in baseball entering Wednesday's action.
Philadelphia chased Fernandez (2-1, 3.78 ERA) with three runs in the fifth en route to its first home win of the season. Last season's NL Rookie of the Year was tagged for eight hits and a career-worst six earned runs in four-plus innings. The right-hander walked four, matching a career high, and struck out six. He gave up only one run over 18 innings in three appearances against Philadelphia last season.