Jose on the GoPro cam
JUPITER, Fla. — MLB Productions picked the right player to follow at Marlins camp on Tuesday.
Jose Fernandez, always upbeat and animated, was being shadowed by the MLB Productions for a segment to run at a later date. To gain the ultimate players’ perspective, Fernandez was wired with a microphone and sported a GoPro camera on his cap.
Fernandez went through his drills on the back fields at Roger Dean Stadium.
But there were only a few drills he was wired up.
For the more advanced drills, he was without mic or cap cam.
Fernandez also threw one inning in a simulated game, a tuneup against hitters before he takes the mound on Friday in Miami’s Grapefruit League opener against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Miami is the visiting team.
The Marlins have a split-squad on Saturday, against the Cardinals in Jupiter, and at the Mets in Port St. Lucie. Nathan Eovaldi likely will pitch on Saturday in Jupiter.
Cishek effective: For the first time this spring, closer Steve Cishek faced hitters. Earlier in camp, the right-hander was hampered by a stiff neck. Cishek, who saved 34 of 36 chances last year, looked sharp against four hitters. He got Marcell Ozuna on a fly ball to left field. Jarrod Saltalamacchia swung threw a slider for a strikeout. Giancarlo Stanton worked out a walk, and Adeiny Hechavarria tapped to third.
Exhibition starters: The exhibition schedule is about to begin. On Wednesday, the Marlins face the University of Miami at Roger Dean Stadium. Angel Sanchez will start for the Marlins, while UM is going with Javi Salas.
Sanchez was acquired from the Dodgers last July as part of the Ricky Nolasco trade. Sanchez projects to open the season at Double-A Jacksonville.
On Thursday, Justin Nicolino, the seventh best lefty prospect in the Majors according to MLB.com, will get the start. Chris Mourelle, a freshman from Southwest Miami High, will pitch for Florida International University.
Workout availability: A number of fans have e-mailed or Tweeted regarding times of workouts and availability. Now that the games are starting up, the players will not be on the back fields as much as before. Fans still can watch on the back fields, but the team won’t be out there very long. Players are usually on the field around 9:30 a.m. ET.
– Joe Frisaro