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Injured Fernandez still 'in good spirits'

Injured Fernandez still 'in good spirits'

MIAMI -- Jose Fernandez may be out for the season, but he still shows up at Marlins Park from time to time. Sure, he comes in wearing a brace, but the 21-year-old has kept himself in good spirits.

"It's tough on him to be at the ballpark, because he's not able to go out there and compete," said manager Mike Redmond. "He understands the process. It's tough."

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After his last start on May 9 against the Padres, Fernandez complained of soreness in his throwing elbow He was diagnosed with a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and had Tommy John surgery on May 16. The 2013 National League Rookie of the Year Award winner was 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 51 2/3 innings over eight starts this season.

Recommended recovery time from the surgery is 12-to-18 months. The right-hander is expected to start throwing again in September.

"He's gonna be fine, and from what I've heard talking to our training people and physical therapists, things are going well," Redmond said.

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for MLB.com. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter Less