Fantasy baseball rumors about Jose Fernandez may be quite negative. Fernandez, the Miami Marlins ace starting pitcher, started experiencing right shoulder stiffness after Friday’s game (August 7) against the Atlanta Braves. A report from ESPN.com indicated that Fernandez was going back to Miami to have a doctor examine his pitching arm. While it’s certainly too soon to say whether the Marlins will shut him down for the 2015 MLB season, rumors persist that the decision is forthcoming.
As previously reported by the Inquisitr, fellow Miami Marlins star Giancarlo Stanton was lost to a broken hand earlier in the season. It derailed real postseason hopes for the Marlins, but fans still waited patiently for Fernandez to return from Tommy John surgery on his pitching elbow. The early results were very impressive, as Fernandez has pitched 43 innings over seven starts, posting a 4-0 record already.
The 2015 MLB season has been very kind to fantasy baseball owners who stashed Jose Fernandez in a DL slot for most of the season. He has posted a 2.30 ERA, 1.02 WHIP, and 53 strikeouts over those 43 innings. Any owner battling for a league playoff spot has to be pleased with those numbers. At the same time, a reality has always hovered about the Marlins possibly shutting him down after the playoff aspirations died down. Now they might have even more reason to do so.
Marlins manager Dan Jennings spoke about the shoulder stiffness and how the team is approaching the situation.
“We want to get him seen. He’s a guy who is coming off 14 months of rehab from Tommy John. As we do with any pitcher, we’re going to make sure before we run him out there. Dr. Kaplan knows Jose as good as anybody. Until they can look at it and determine is it tendinitis, stiffness? He’ll make that determination and we’ll go from there.”
Now a lot of Marlins fans and fantasy baseball owners are going to be nervously awaiting the results of those tests. The Miami Marlins have no reason to press Jose Fernandez if it turns out he needs to rest that arm a bit more. The team can easily shut him down and have him begin his offseason process a bit early. The risk of re-injuring that shoulder might outweigh anything else he can do for this season. Those are scary fantasy baseball rumors for any owners counting on him providing a lot of innings down the stretch.
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