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Fernandez returns to Miami with shoulder tightness

Marlins ace has setback

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MIAMI – The Miami Marlins nightmare season took another turn for the worse on Saturday.

Pitcher Jose Fernandez left the team in Atlanta and returned to Miami.

Manager Dan Jennings said that Fernandez was experiencing tightness in his right shoulder.

Fernandez returned from Tommy John surgery earlier in the year.

The Marlins may want to exercise an abundance of caution with their ace given that they are tied for the worst record in baseball.

Fernandez's last start was on Friday night. He was pulled from the game after just five innings and fewer than 80 pitches.

After the game, Jennings said that Fernandez had thrown over 100 pitches in their previous start and the team was just being careful.

Jose Day, as the Marlins called it, had been a lone brightspot in the team's miserable season.

Fernandez is still undefeated at home and has a 4-0 record this season.

Jennings would not give a timetable for a possible return or if Fernandez will miss a start.

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