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Jose Fernandez threw up in the dugout before his start

May 12, 2014, 10:47 AM EDT

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Marlins ace Jose Fernandez turned in a rare clunker of a start Friday against the Padres, allowing six runs in five innings and serving up two homers after giving up a total of two homers through his first seven starts.

Fernandez is human, of course, so a start that pushed his ERA from 1.74 to 2.44 isn’t exactly earth-shattering news, but it turns out he was pitching sick. So sick, in fact, that he threw up in the dugout just before taking the mound:

Fernandez said he felt bad throwing his warmup pitches in the bullpen after having his normal pre-game steak and threw up in a dugout garbage can during the first inning when the Marlins were at the plate. …

Fernandez said he almost threw up while standing on the mound in the first, too. Fernandez’s fastball velocity was down several ticks, and he didn’t throw the pitch as much as he does normally. But he said his arm is perfectly fine.

Angels reliever Joe Smith recently had to skip a save opportunity because he threw up in the bullpen right as manager Mike Scioscia called to have him warm up, so I suppose this can be viewed as yet another way in which Jose Fernandez is superior to other pitchers. He throws up and keeps pitching.

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  1. ereed1286 - May 12, 2014 at 10:52 AM

    I remember my first beer.

    • thailer35 - May 12, 2014 at 1:00 PM

      • ereed1286 - May 12, 2014 at 1:55 PM

        Well played

  2. icanspeel - May 12, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Can look at it different ways.. such as he toughed it out and gave it his all while being sick or he hurt the team by playing while sick.

    • Old Gator - May 12, 2014 at 2:36 PM

      Or another way: that the team risked his health even further by letting him play sick, which they knew he was, before they knew why, or just as badly, risked him hurting himself by changing his motion or overthrowing to compensate for his weakness.

  3. calicokiller49 - May 12, 2014 at 11:24 AM

    its funny how any time a pitcher gets roughed up by the Padres, instead of saying oh they got me today, they have to come up with some excuse. I’m not buying it.I’m betting these guys are throwing up all the time. stress. anxiety, weird diet, etc. then when its a convenient excuse, here it comes……

    • sabatimus - May 12, 2014 at 12:19 PM

      Stress about playing the Padres? And he ate his usual pre-game steak. Or were you being facetious?

      • vanmorrissey - May 12, 2014 at 3:16 PM

        If it were Fish Tacos yes, but Steak, no.

  4. Francisco (FC) - May 12, 2014 at 11:40 AM

    He either throws up, or throws to the plate. Or in this case, almost both.

  5. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 12, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    I bet that baby TRex didn’t hurl before throwing out the first pitch. TRexes are as gritty as it gets.

    • Old Gator - May 12, 2014 at 1:27 PM

      Well, if T-rexes feed their young the same way birds do….

  6. sensiblevoice - May 12, 2014 at 12:06 PM

    C’mon Jose, the marlins aren’t that bad!

  7. ptfu - May 12, 2014 at 8:39 PM

    Jerry “Rich Folkers is throwing up in the bullpen” Coleman is looking down and laughing at all this.

  8. zdravit - May 17, 2014 at 6:27 PM

    He was eating his UCL

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