The Marlins expect ace Jose Fernandez to be able to return by the end of June, according to a report from USA Today. Before the season the expected timeline of return for Fernandez was sometime between June 15 and July 15, so the reported time frame would fall in line with that.
Last night the Marlins lost the first game of Dan Jennings tenure as manager 3-2 to the Arizona Diamondbacks in 13 innings. Dan Haren pitched nine strong innings of two-run ball. The Marlins were mostly shut down at the plate, with the lone highlight being J.T. Realmuto's first career home-run to tie the game in the seventh inning. Here is what Jennings had to say postgame about his first career game as a manager, via Joe Frisaro of MLB.com:
"It's somewhat surreal," Jennings said of his first day in the dugout. "Other than the final outcome of the game, because you play them to win. But it was a surreal to be there in the moment. It definitely moves quicker in the dugout than it does in the suite."
After the game, the Marlins announced that Jared Cosart was going to be placed on the 15-day disabled list with vertigo. Tom Koehler will start tonight in place of Cosart.
Marcell Ozuna was a late scratch from last night's game for personal reasons, and he will reportedly miss a couple of days. Ozuna's jersey was hanging in the dugout during the game.
Last night Ichiro notched his 2,873 hit of his MLB career, which tied him for 38th on the all-time list with Babe Ruth.
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