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Fish Bites: Marlins in no rush with Jose Fernandez

The Miami Marlins want Jose Fernandez healthy, and as a result are in no rush as he begins his throwing programs. Plus links on Henderson Alvarez and Miami's offseason plans.

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The Marlins Twitter account sent out a pleasant little memory this morning with a .gif of Ivan Rodriguez tagging out the San Francisco Giant J.T. Snow at the plate to advance to the NLCS in 2003, but don’t take my word for it.

-Miami Marlins Cy Young Winner - Marlin Maniac - A Miami Marlins Fan Site - News, Blogs, Opinion and More

If you had polled the writers at Marlin Maniac at the beginning of the year, the Marlins Cy Young award would have looked vastly different. Undoubtedly, Jose Fernandez would have been the unanimous selection, and rightfully so. Nathan Eovaldi likely would have come in second, with Henderson Alvarez coming in a close third.

-Miami Marlins’ Jose Fernandez has ‘incredible’ second throwing session | The Miami Herald

Jose Fernandez was popping the catcher’s mitt at Marlins Park on Friday, and he wasn’t even letting it rip. "The ball is coming out of my hand incredible," Fernandez said after completing just his second throwing session in his comeback from Tommy John surgery. "I’m just excited to get a ball in my hand and let it go again."

-Fernandez says throwing feels better than ever |

Jose Fernandez released the ball with such velocity that the sound of it landing in the catcher's mitt echoed crisply throughout Marlins Park. And to think, he's nowhere close to throwing hard yet. Fernandez's recovery from elbow-reconstruction surgery is turning another corner, with the Miami Marlins' ace now starting a throwing program. He made 25 tosses on Friday, the second throwing session of a rehab project that is still a long way from being finished.

-Miami Marlins: Jose Fernandez's goal is to pitch effortlessly - Sun Sentinel

he hope is Jose Fernandez someday will pitch at Marlins Park in October. For now, he has to settle for playing catch there during the postseason. Wednesday, Fernandez tossed the ball on his home field for the first time since undergoing season-ending Tommy John surgery in May. He was back out there Friday, this time in front of a couple dozen media members.

-Changing clubhouse culture put Marlins on cusp in '14 |

Change the culture and ultimately you can change the results. The Marlins steadfastly stuck to that message, first in assembling their 2014 squad and secondly in how they went about their business on a daily basis this year. It's hard to argue with the plan, because when looking at the big picture, Miami's mission was accomplished. A cynic can certainly argue that little actually changed in the club's fifth straight losing season. But a realist can see the dramatic improvement in one year and the fact that the organization is clearly trending toward playoff contention.

-Fernandez practicing patience with throwing program |

Balancing progress with patience will be one of Jose Fernandez's biggest challenges as he comes back from Tommy John surgery. The 22-year-old isn't planning on rushing anything on his road to recovery. "Going with the flow" may be easier said than done for the energetic Miami ace. But he's following doctors' orders in his throwing program, which continued with 25 light tosses off flat ground on Friday afternoon at Marlins Park. He started off with 10 lobs at 30 feet to trainer Sean Cunningham. He ended his 10-minute session at 45 feet.

Around The League

-Nats make puzzling choice, open door for Giants | : Mike Bauman Article

The Giants really don't require any help in the area of postseason achievement. Saturday night, they received some from the Nationals, anyway, when Washington manager Matt Williams pulled ace Jordan Zimmermann in the ninth.

-Mattingly may go to three-man NLDS rotation |

ST. LOUIS -- OK, Donnie Baseball, this is why you make the big bucks. Good on ya, buddy. Actually, the toughest decision Dodgers manager Don Mattingly has to make this week isn't all that tough. It comes with risks, but don't they all?

-Back home, Cards opt for rest over workout |

ST. LOUIS -- After flying through the night and touching down in St. Louis around 6 a.m. CT on Sunday, most Cardinals players and staff members stayed away from Busch Stadium on the team's off-day. While it is customary for teams to hold a workout on non-game days during a postseason series, manager Mike Matheny urged everyone to stay home, sleep and re-energize before Game 3 of the National League Division Series against the Dodgers on Monday (8 or 8:30 p.m. CT on FOX Sports 1). The only obligations the club had on the off-day was to make Matheny and Game 3 starter John Lackey available during afternoon news conferences.

-Baltimore Orioles at Detroit Tigers - October 5, 2014 | BAL Recap

No Matt Wieters, Manny Machado and Chris Davis? No problem. Without three of their key All-Stars in the first round of the postseason, the Orioles bested a trio of American League Cy Young Award winners -- and they did it in impressive fashion. Using the superhuman offense of postseason veteran Nelson Cruz, who hit a decisive two-run homer in the sixth, and a fantastic playoff debut from starter Bud Norris, the Orioles held off a late Tigers rally to complete an American League Division Series sweep with a 2-1 win Sunday at Comerica Park, securing their first AL Championship Series berth since 1997.

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-2014 Marlins Season Review: Jose Fernandez's injury - Fish Stripes

The Jose Fernandez elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery was perhaps the biggest single blow to the 2014 Marlins season.