Jose may be a year away
MIAMI — All-Star week is a time to celebrate the sport, and showcase MLB’s brightest stars. The Marlins are well represented with Giancarlo Stanton and Henderson Alvarez taking part in the festivities at Target Field in Minneapolis.
If not for injury, the Marlins perhaps could have had a third star at the event. It wasn’t meant to be because Jose Fernandez sustained a serious ligament tear in May, and underwent Tommy John surgery in the same month.
Recovery time for a starting pitcher is generally in the 12-18 month range.
In Fernandez’s case, expect the time frame to be roughly 14 months. If so, look for the right-hander to rejoin the Miami rotation around the 2015 All-Star Break.
Fernandez, who turns 22 later in the month, is not eager to push things. Over the weekend Scott Boras was in New York. He talked to the New York media about Mets right-hander Matt Harvey, who also is recovering from Tommy John surgery. Boras noted a 14 month recovery for Harvey, another of his clients.
It’s safe to apply that same time line to Fernandez.
The Marlins know they can’t easily replace Fernandez, but they’re searching the trade market for starting upgrades.
That’s one reason why the club isn’t looking for a rental. The front office is aware Fernandez won’t be ready for the start of the 2015 season, and most likely the first half. So in trade scenarios, they’re seeking controllable years.
Miami will need to add a fifth starter shortly after the All-Star Break. Chances are a trade could be completed by that point. An internal option could be Brad Penny, who had an effective five-innings start at Triple-A New Orleans on Sunday.
— Joe Frisaro