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Miami Marlins morning news: Jose Fernandez throws bullpen session

Fernandez threw off of a mound for the first time since Tommy John surgery. Plus links on Dan Haren and Giancarlo Stanton.

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Marlins News

Jose Fernandez threw his first bullpen session of the spring on Sunday afternoon in Jupiter. Fernandez is returning from Tommy John surgery, and according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, is still expected to pitch with Miami in June or July.

Fernandez, who was diagnosed with a torn UCL after his eighth start last season and had surgery May 16, warmed up on flat ground for several minutes Sunday morning before heading to the mound at the Roger Dean Stadium complex. He threw 10 warmup pitches, then fired 15 fastballs to bullpen coordinator Jeff Urgelles as pitching coach Chuck Hernandez watched from the side.

Dan Haren is expected to make his first start as a Marlin on Thursday against the Cardinals. While Haren was initially not thrilled to be in camp with Miami, he is excited to start the season with the Marlins.

Once spring games start, the MLB pace of play changes will be on display. Manager Mike Redmond noted "it will be an adjustment," according to Frisaro, but the club will be familiar with the new rules as spring games progress.

Giancarlo Stanton was hit by a Henderson Alvarez pitch during a simulated game on Saturday morning. Stanton is okay after the pitch hit his hip.

Finding at-bats for Ichiro may be a challenge in 2015. And Suzuki will be fighting for playing time this spring.

Michael Morse is excited about returning to South Florida and playing alongside Giancarlo Stanton.

Marlins Park may be getting another makeover soon. After hosting a bowl game last winter, the Marlins are interested in hosting a hockey game in the future.

The Marlins do not use analytics too frequently. But they are not alone.

Does Giancarlo Stanton feel pressured? It is possible, but maybe not realistic.

Around The League

Bryce Harper wants to step up for the Nationals. That could make the NL East even tougher.

Pablo Sandoval was rather quiet in San Francisco. But the Red Sox are impressed by his leadership.

Matt Wieters is back and appears to be healthy.

Which non-roster invitees are worth watching this spring?

At FishStripes

-2015 Miami Marlins Season Preview: Michael Morse - Fish Stripes

Michael Morse will take over the first base spot and the Marlins are hoping it brings power and offense to the position for a change.

-Miami Marlins' Jose Fernandez throws off mound - Fish Stripes

-Ichiro Suzuki happy to be away from New York Yankees - Fish Stripes

Joe Girardi did not always use the 41-year old outfielder as expected, and as a result, Suzuki is happy to be a Marlin.

-Hypothetical arm wrestling with Giancarlo Stanton - Fish Stripes

What would happen when your average Joe goes up against the best power hitter in the game?

-Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton hit by pitch in intrasquad contest - Fish Stripes

The 25-year outfielder was hit on the elbow by a Henderson Alvarez pitch but is still healthy.