Fernandez affected by upset stomach in rough start

Fernandez affected by upset stomach in rough start

SAN DIEGO -- Chalk up Friday as an off night for Jose Fernandez and the Marlins.

Fernandez was tagged for six runs (five earned) with five strikeouts in five-plus innings in Miami's 10-1 loss to the Padres at Petco Park.

As it turns out, there was a reason why Fernandez was a bit off. He was dealing with an upset stomach.

In the top of the first inning, as San Diego's Tyson Ross was pitching, Fernandez threw up in a trash can in the tunnel leading into the visiting dugout.

"I wasn't feeling well," Fernandez said on Saturday afternoon.

Not making any excuses for his performance on the mound, Fernandez did note that something he ate for lunch didn't agree with him. Before every road start, he has a steak, but this meal upset his stomach.

"It probably was something I ate," Fernandez said.

In the first inning, his body was shaky. Still, he managed to retire the side in order.

"By the second inning, I was like, 'I'm back at it again,' " Fernandez said.

Pitch location was an issue for Fernandez, and Jedd Gyorko, especially, made the right-hander pay. Gyorko belted two home runs, including a grand slam in the sixth inning.

On the rough night, Fernandez's velocity was down. He did reach 97 mph, but his fastball was mostly in the 91-93 range.

Physically, Fernandez insists his arm is fine, and he is set to start at the Dodgers on Wednesday.

"In the bullpen, he wasn't exactly himself," catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia said. "He said his stomach was bothering him. That's what I kind of chalked it up as. The biggest thing was just location. He was missing his fastball, slider."

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