Jose eager to pick up a baseball

MIAMI — It’s 18 days and counting since Jose Fernandez underwent his Tommy John surgery.

Jose Fernandez picks up a baseball for the first time since his Tommy John surgery.

Jose Fernandez picks up a baseball for the first time since his Tommy John surgery.

On Tuesday, while his teammates were taking batting practice, Fernandez actually picked up a baseball for the first time since his injury. Actually, the Marlins’ ace simply held a baseball.

Wearing a brace on his right arm, Fernandez is eager to actually throw a baseball. But that won’t happen until around mid-September.

Fernandez maintains he will not rush his recovery, which will be roughly 12-18 months.

Most likely, Fernandez anticipates being out about 13-15 months, which could mean a return around the 2015 All-Star Break.

Joe Frisaro

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