The discomfort reached the point where the Marlins no longer thought the risk was worth it. So on Friday, reliever Bryan Morris was shut down for the rest of the season.
In 12 days, Jose Fernandez can start working once again on the craft of pitching, as the Marlins' ace has been cleared to begin his throwing program. The date will be Oct. 1, when the 22-year-old can start throwing, initially for a few minutes from 30 feet.
With their National League Wild Card elimination number rapidly approaching, the Marlins realize they may not be making playoff plans in October. But they still can have a say in the postseason picture, especially when it comes to where the National League East-winning Nationals will be seeded. Washington is striving to retain the best record in the league, and it moved another step closer with a 6-2 victory over Miami on Thursday night at Marlins Park.
Giancarlo Stanton's season may be over, but the National League Most Valuable Player Award candidate remains upbeat and optimistic about a full recovery from facial fractures he suffered a week ago at Milwaukee.