Wieters, Fernandez take steps in returning from Tommy John surgery

Returning from Tommy John surgery always is a long and arduous process and more players have gone through it in recent years than ever before. On Sunday two All-Star big leaguers took important steps towards their return to the game.

The Baltimore Orioles’ All-Star catcher Matt Wieters and Miami Marlins’ ace pitcher Jose Fernandez each took big steps towards their recoveries from Tommy John surgery this weekend.

A three-time All-Star and two-time Gold Glove award winner Matt Wieters hasn’t caught a game since last May. He was finally shut down in June and underwent the reconstructive procedure on his right elbow.

Jose Fernandez. Getty Images.
Jose Fernandez. Getty Images.

Jose Fernandez, of the Marlins’ also took a momentous step in his return from Tommy John surgery. Fernandez, like Wieters, has also been out since last May.

He made eight starts for the Marlins in 2014 going 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA prior to being diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament. He underwent the surgery on May 16.

The 2013 All-Star and National League Rookie of the Year threw from the mound for the first time Sunday.

For more information on both the recoveries of Wieters and Fernandez, you can read the full post on Baseball Hot Corner, using the link below:

Returning from Tommy John surgery: Matt Wieters, Jose Fernandez

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  • Good morning sunshine:) I remember when Jose went down. He was on his way to having one of the best seasons. Now with Miami making all those moves, they’re gonna need him to repeat what he did before the injury in order for them to compete with the Nationals.

    • Jen Rainwater

      He was amazing in 2013 and even in his first 8 starts last season he was going strong! I hope he returns the same way. I’d like to see the Marlins win a Championship for Giancarlo … he’s awesome! Still lead the NL in home runs when he missed what? Like the last 17 games? Amazing!

      • He is absolutely ridiculous. I remember the Mike Stanton days being so scary. He’s so young so he’s got some time to try to win.

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