SAN DIEGO -- Jose Fernandez doesn't want to use a bad steak dinner as an excuse for last night's poor outing. But he acknowledged today that he was throwing up in the dugout just before he took the mound to face the San Diego Padres.
Fernandez said he felt bad throwing his warmup pitches in the bullpen after having his normal pre-game steak and threw up in a dugout garbage can during the first inning when the Marlins were at the plate.
"It's not an excuse," said Fernandez, who gave up six runs, including a pair of homers, in Friday's 10-1 loss. "It probably was something I ate, but I don't want it to be related with (how I pitched). In the first inning I was feeling kind of shaky. But by the second and third, I was feeling, all right, back at it again."
Fernandez said he almost threw up while standing on the mound in the first, too.
Fernandez's fastball velocity was down several ticks, and he didn't throw the pitch as much as he does normally. But he said his arm is perfectly fine.
"So far I feel good," he said.