Fish Bites: Miami Marlins' Steve Cishek resting stiff neck

Dustin Bradford

Miami Marlins closer Steve Cishek has been limited in his early bullpen sessions as a result of a stiff neck. Plus links on Jose Fernandez and Carlos Marmol.

-Is A Sophomore Slump Even Possible For Jose Fernandez? - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

To address the possibility of a sophomore slump for Jose, I thought it might be interesting to see how the 20 year olds did in their next big league seasons.  However, after the season Fernandez had in 2013 comparing him to Bonderman is just not going to cut it.  I needed to up the ante, so instead let’s use data on 20 year old or younger pitchers who had below 3.00 ERAs in a full big league season.  There have been just 14 such seasons since 1920 and only 7 since the mound was lowered in 1969.

-Past Jeff Baker Injuries include Bizzare High-Five Mishap - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

Interestingly enough, they don’t seem to believe that a platoon at first base is as automatic as many of us believe it to be. As a matter of fact, VP Mike Hill went as far as to say that Garrett Jones is the everyday first baseman.

-JUPITER: Marlins catchers don’t like MLB’s plan to avoid home-plate collisions - Miami Marlins - MiamiHerald.com

It is one of the most enduring images in Marlins history. Catcher Ivan Rodriguez somehow managed to hold on to the ball after being knocked to the ground in a jarring collision with the San Francisco GiantsJ.T. Snow. Freeze that dramatic frame from the 2003 playoffs.

-Steve Cishek dealing with sore neck | Fish Bytes

Steve Cishek is good at shutting the door in terms of closing out wins. But shutting off the alarm clock is another story. Cishek strained his neck when he reached to shut off his alarm Tuesday morning. The result: he's taking it easy for a few days while the pain subsides. "I just reached to shut off the alarm and felt a nice little couple of pops in my neck and shooting pain," Cishek said. "It's a freak thing. Crazy. At least it happened now and not later."

-The remaking of Rafael Furcal | Fish Bytes

Rafael Furcal has been putting in extra time with Marlins infield coach Perry Hill on the practice field getting re-acquainted with second base. Furcal, a shortstop for the vast majority of his 13 major league seasons, hasn't played second since 2004 and last started a game there in 2002 when he was with the Braves. Contrary to perception, Hill said the transition going from shortstop to second base is more difficult than it is the other way around.

-Tired of things breaking bad: Marlins hope talented... | www.palmbeachpost.com

Mike Redmond is tired of losing. So is Giancarlo Stanton, who at 24 has the longest tenure among the starters for one of baseball’s perennial doormats. Redmond has been a part of the two worst seasons in Marlins history, losing 108 games his first season in the big leagues in 1998 and dropping 100 last season, his first as a big-league manager.

-Jarrod Saltalamacchia-Jose Fernandez pairing akin to Gary Carter-Dwight Gooden | marlins.com: News

If it all seems a tad familiar, well, it ought to. The names and coordinates are different, but the scenario is quite similar. The principal parts then were the Mets, Dwight Gooden and Gary Carter. Twenty-nine years later, they are the Marlins, Jose Fernandez and Jarrod Saltalamacchia. Two teams on the ascent, two young right-handers, two big-name veteran catchers -- then and now.

-Hutton and announcing Marmol's control | marlins.com: News

How will television analyst Tommy Hutton react if Carlos Marmol is struggling with his control? "I'll handle it the way I'd handle any pitcher who is having success or is struggling," Hutton said.

-Miami closer Cishek still resting stiff neck | marlins.com: News

The first couple of days of Spring Training have been a pain in the neck for Steve Cishek. A couple of days ago, Cishek woke up with a stiff neck, which led to him skipping his second bullpen session. The Marlins closer is receiving treatment, and on Thursday he once again didn't do any throwing.

-New GM's message focuses on 'team first' | marlins.com: News

"Team first" was a message the Marlins carried onto the field Thursday to start their first full-squad workouts at Roger Dean Stadium. Pitchers and catchers have been practicing since Sunday, and on Thursday it was the rest of the position players' turn to get Spring Training going.

Around The League

-Giants fan Bryan Stow's two attackers sentenced | MLB.com: News

Two men pleaded guilty Thursday to the 2011 incident outside of Dodger Stadium that left a Giants fan seriously injured, according to The Associated Press, and were sentenced.

-Braves lock up shortstop Andrelton Simmons with seven-year contract | MLB.com: News

Andrelton Simmons arrived in Braves camp hoping to be the next member of the club's talented core to receive a contract extension. Two days later, he received his wish. The Braves announced Thursday morning that Simmons has signed a seven-year contract. The $58 million deal runs through the 2020 season.

-QB Wilson going to Rangers Spring Training | texasrangers.com: News

Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson has made it official -- at least on Twitter -- that he is coming to Rangers camp.

-Brewers outfielder Ryan Braun's focus on return, move to right field | MLB.com: News

The Brewers' first full-squad workout is Saturday, and for the first time since last July, when he drew a suspension from Major League Baseball for violating the league's drug policy, Ryan Braun will be a full participant.

At Fish Stripes

-Spring Training 2014: Fish Stripes schedule - Fish Stripes

With Spring Training officially beginning soon, we want to discuss what we will be doing during the preseason and all throughout the year right here at Fish Stripes.

-Spring Training 2014: Marlins loosen up facial hair policy - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins are starting 2014 off with a new twist, as they are loosening their stance on facial hair and allowing a little bit more than in years past.

-Fish Bites: Start of Spring Training - Fish Stripes

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-Spring Training 2014: Marlins position battle report, pitchers - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have position battles for the fourth and fifth rotation spots and for the eighth inning heading into this 2014 season. Before Spring Training begins, let's see how the battles are shaping up.

-Spring Training 2014: Marlins position battle report, position players - Fish Stripes

The Miami Marlins have mostly set up their position players for the 2014 season, but there remains one spot open for competition in Spring Training, along with a few bench spots.

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