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JUPITER, Fla. — Mets ace Matt Harvey made his second spring training start the year on Wednesday as he works his way back from the Tommy John surgery that cost him his entire 2014 season. The results were not as impressive as in his first outing, but Harvey said after his 49 pitch, 2 2/3-inning outing that his arm felt good and the procedure was no longer on his mind when he threw. And his fastballs again registered in the high 90s on radar guns, another positive sign.
In the Marlins dugout, Jose Fernandez was watching.
“It is cool,” Fernandez said. “It’s always cool. Forget about throwing 99, forget about throwing 100, forget about throwing 110. As long as the guy’s pitching with no pain and doing what he loves to do, at the high level he’s at, it’s great. I want to be back…
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With staff aces Jose Fernandez of the Marlins and Matt Harvey of the Mets both working their way back from Tommy John surgery, I was struck by some of the statistical similarities (and some of the differences) in their careers to date, with both pitchers entering 2015 having made exactly 36 major league starts.
In looking at the numbers, remember that Jose, who was drafted out of high school, will only be 22-years-old on Opening Day, while Harvey–a college draft pick–will be 26 when the season begins.
CAREER TOTALS THROUGH 36 MAJOR LEAGUE STARTS
FERNANDEZ 16-8, 2.25 ERA…224.1 IP, 5.9 H/9 IP, 2.8 BB/9 IP, 10.3 K/9 IP, 0.972 WHIP
.183 AVG, .253 OBP, .273 SLG, .525 OPS
HARVEY 12-10, 2.39 ERA…237.2 IP, 6.7 H/9 IP, 2.2 BB/9 IP, 9.9 K/9 IP, 0.985 WHIP
.207 AVG, .260 OBP, .296 SLG, .556 OPS
While Harvey has averaged more innings…
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JUPITER – Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez completed a successful bullpen today, throwing about 15 fastballs at 50 to 60 percent.
Fernandez’s first bullpen since having Tommy John ligament replacement surgery on May 16 drew a crowd, including President David Samson, president of baseball operations Michael Hill, GM Dan Jennings, manager Mike Redmond, pitching coach Chuck Hernandez and the training staff.
Fernandez’s mother, father, grandmother and girlfriend also watched him throw.
“I know it’s a day he’s been waiting for and excited about,” Redmond said. “We talk about those steps for him along the way and this is one of those important steps. Just to see him back up on the mound is exciting for us.”
Fernandez, who has not been on a big league mound since May 9, warmed up by playing catch on flat ground and tossing a…
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