The Marlins are looking forward to Jose Fernandez starting the 2016 season in the rotation. But they also want to ensure he’s there for them at the end, as well, and will likely take measures to lighten his workload to achieve that goal.
Fernandez, who returned from Tommy John surgery in July, has thrown only 77 total innings (minors and majors) this season, and could finish with right around 100, assuming he returns from his latest stint on the disabled list to make three or four more starts.
He hasn’t pitched a full season since 2013.
Manager Dan Jennings said a plan for Fernandez would likely be developed during the offseason, or early in spring training.
“I think we’ll address the plans for him next year,” Jennings said, “whether it’s potentially skipping starts, adding a day somewhere here and there -- realizing that it’s essentially been a year-and-a-half since he’s gone through a full major-league season.”
Scott Boras, who is Fernandez’s agent, spoke out earlier in the week about another of his clients who returned this season from Tommy John surgery, Mets pitcher Matt Harvey.
Boras said the Mets should allow Harvey to throw no more than 180 innings. Harvey, who did not pitch at all last season, is already up to 166 innings, and the Mets are pushing for the playoffs.
“This is not a club’s decision,” Boras told cbssports.com on the Harvey situation. “This is a doctor’s decision. Any club that chooses to defy a surgeon’s wishes is putting the player in peril.”
If ever there was a season that Jarred Cosart would like to forget, this would be the one. Cosart has spent most of the year dealing with vertigo caused by an ear infection. As a result, he’s made only eight starts with the Marlins, going 1-4 with a 5.36 ERA.
“This is the craziest (season), obviously,” Cosart said.
Cosart will receive Sunday’s start against the Mets even though his minor-league numbers haven’t been spectacular, either. Cosart has gone 0-3 with a 4.98 ERA and a high WHIP of 1.573 in eight minor-league rehab outings.
“It’s a lot better now,” Cosart said of his vertigo.
Cosart said he underwent therapy and a battery of tests.
“A lot of therapy stuff,” he said. “A lot of machines, reaction-time stuff. Dark rooms, a lot of lights moving around, getting your eyes and ears on the same page. It wasn’t fun, obviously. But it was necessary to get back and try to help the team finish up strong."