Marlins’ Fernandez to make final start Wednesday

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez talks with the media before a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Miami. Fernandez will make his last start of the season against the Braves Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)
Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez talks with the media before a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2013, in Miami. Fernandez will make his last start of the season against the Braves Wednesday. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

MIAMI — Jose Fernandez is approaching the 170-inning limit set by the Miami Marlins, and he will make his final start Wednesday against Atlanta.

Thirty of Fernandez’s friends and relatives will attend the game. He said he can’t believe his season is almost over.

The 21-year-old rookie sensation will remain with the last-place Marlins until the end of the season, even though he’ll be limited to cheerleading duties. Next season, he hopes to be pitching in October.

Fernandez was surprised to make the team out of spring training, then made the All-Star game. His 2.23 ERA is the second-lowest in the majors, and he’s 11-6 with 182 strikeouts.

Mets

Injured ace Harvey to visit Dr. Andrews: In New York, Mets ace Matt Harvey plans to visit Dr. James Andrews before deciding whether he will have reconstructive surgery on his ailing right elbow.

In his first public comments since Aug. 26, when the Mets said he had a partial ligament tear, Harvey said Tuesday he remains optimistic he can avoid surgery that would likely force him to miss all of next season.

Harvey says the swelling is down and that the pain subsided two days after he put a ball down. He will see Dr. Andrews on Monday.

The All-Star game starter for the National League joined Mets teammates David Wright and Zack Wheeler, along with Jeff Wilpon — the team’s chief operating officer — at a Manhattan firehouse in advance of the anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on New York.

Pirates

Club has first winning season in 2 decades: In Arlington, Texas, the last time the Pittsburgh Pirates had a winning season, Barry Bonds was in the middle of their lineup.

That was 1992, when Doug Drabek was the ace of a rotation that included a rookie knuckleballer named Tim Wakefield.

But now there is a new group of winning Pirates.

The Pirates earned their 82nd victory, ensuring their first winning record in 21 seasons, with a 1-0 win Monday night at Texas.

Outfielder Marlon Byrd, one of the newest Pirates, says Pittsburgh fans have been waiting a long time for this. He says this team is giving the city something to cheer about.

But they also aren’t done.

Closer Jason Grilli says 82 wins wasn’t the goal. The Pirates want a division title and their first World Series appearance since the 1979 championship.

Angels

Second baseman Kendrick comes off DL: In Toronto, the Los Angeles Angels activated infielder Howie Kendrick off the 15-day disabled list before Tuesday’s game against the Toronto Blue Jays.

Kendrick has been out since Aug. 6 because of a hyperextended left knee. He landed awkwardly while trying to avoid a collision with teammate Collin Cowgill.

Angels manager Mike Scioscia says he’ll work Kendrick back in slowly, limiting his time on Toronto’s artificial turf. Kendrick, who’s batting .301 with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs, could return to the starting lineup Friday, when the Angels open a three-game series at Houston.

Scioscia also says right-hander Jered Weaver, who experienced tightness in his forearm during the game Monday at Minnesota, remains on track to make his next scheduled start.

Athletics

Outfielder Reddick activated: In Minneapolis, the Oakland Athletics have activated outfielder Josh Reddick from the 15-day disabled list.

The Athletics made the move on Tuesday before they opened a series against the Twins in Minnesota. But Reddick was not in the lineup.

Reddick was placed on the disabled list on Aug. 26 with a sprained right wrist. The wrist has bothered Reddick for most of the season, stemming from a crash into the wall in Houston in April.

Reddick is hitting .213 with 10 homers and 46 RBIs in 97 games.

The A’s also got third baseman Josh Donaldson back in the lineup after he sat out the previous game with a sore right quadriceps.