Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez continued his comeback from Tommy John surgery Wednesday by throwing a baseball for the first time since undergoing the operation in May.
Fernandez made 25 “easy” throws from 30 feet while standing on flat ground. Marlins officials said the outing “went well” and that Fernandez said he “felt great.”
Fernandez, the National League’s Rookie of the Year in 2013, had not thrown a baseball since giving up a grand slam to the Padres’ Jedd Gyorko in San Diego on May 9.
Elbow ligament replacement surgery was performed a few days later in Los Angeles, bringing the right-hander’s season to an end. Fernandez, 22, is not expected to return to the mound for the Marlins until the middle of next season.