JUPITER -- It was gray and chilly here this morning when Jose Fernandez took to the back fields and made a two-inning start against the Cardinals in a "B" game. Nothing too remarkable, other than the fact he somehow managed to sting the hands of the first batter he faced with a fastball that was fouled back to the screen. The guy left the game briefly to have the hand examined.
Here's a video clip of that at bat:
Later, outfielder Jack Marisnick -- obtained in the Toronto Blue Jays deal -- stepped into the batter's box:
Later, manager Mike Redmond grabbed a mitt between innings to catch Fernandez's warm-up pitches:
JUPITER -- A doctor recommended pilates to Justin Ruggiano as a way to prevent further occurrences of the back problems that have caused him to miss the early part of Grapefruit League action.
"I saw the doc yesterday and he said everything looked good," Ruggiano said. "He said the back looked good but just needed the muscles to calm down. For a strengthening regimen, he recommended pilates. I've never done it. You can put out I'm looking for a good pilates instructor in the area, someone who can come meet me at 5:30 in the morning in the gym, give me a routine."
Ruggiano said he hopes to begin running in the next day or so.
"I'm hoping to swing in two or three days and from then we'll slowly progress to hitting," he said. "I'm thinking a week to 10 days to be in a game. Those are my thoughts. That's my goal. I'm really encouraged, especially after seeing the doc yesterday."
Jose Fernandez is scheduled to start a "B" game against the Cardinals at 10 a.m. Fernandez has reportedly signed on with agent Scott Boras to represent him in future dealings. The Marlins haven't had a major Boras client since Ivan Rodriguez was with them.