Jose Fernandez SP MIA 1 day ago

Fernandez remains the expected starter for Thursday's game against the Giants, Jon Morosi of Fox Sports reports.

Fernandez was expected to return Thursday, and even allowing four runs on six hits in a rehab start won't keep him from that return date. It's been a little over a year since he last threw a pitch off a major league mound, but he'll look to pick up where he left off prior to the injury, posting a 2.44 ERA and 0.948 WHIP with 70 strikeouts over 51.2 innings last season.

Jose Fernandez SP MIA 2 days ago

Fernandez (elbow) was tagged for four runs on six hits (including a home run) over five innings in Saturday's rehab start at Double-A Jacksonville.

Fernandez still managed to strike out eight batters and walked only two, so the Marlins will likely take the results with a grain of salt. On the whole, Fernandez looked impressive during his five-start rehab assignment split between Jacksonville and High-A Jupiter, showing no ill effects as he returns from Tommy John surgery. He's now scheduled to rejoin the Marlins and make his season debut Thursday against the Giants.

Jose Fernandez SP MIA 1 week ago

Fernandez struck out nine batters and allowed one run over seven innings in Monday's rehab start for High-A Jupiter, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

Fernandez threw 90 pitches, allowing just four hits along the way. He reported no pain or discomfort after the outing, so he remains on track to make his season debut July 2 against the Giants. Fernandez has a 3.20 ERA, 1.95 FIP and 25:4 K:BB through 19.2 innings (four games) with High-A Jupiter. His final rehab outing is scheduled for Saturday with Double-A Jacksonville.

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Fernandez (elbow) will return from the disabled list and start July 2 against the Giants.

Fernandez made the announcement on the Marlins broadcast Monday, and thus fantasy owners finally have a definite date for his return. The 22-year-old is scheduled to throw about 80 pitches in Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday, and his timeline calls for two outings after that during which he'll build up his pitch count. Expectations should be moderated for Fernandez, however, as he'll be only 14 months removed from Tommy John surgery, and plenty of star pitchers have been less than their normal selves for a while after returning from that procedure.

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Fernandez (elbow) will move his rehab to Triple-A New Orleans on Wednesday, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.

Fernandez struggled in his first rehab outing at High-A Jupiter, but was outstanding in his second appearance with the club, tossing five shutout innings and striking out four batters. He's expected to throw around 75 to 80 pitches in Wednesday's start, and will likely build up to around the 100 mark before his activation from the DL comes. He's on schedule to make his season debut for the Marlins in the first week of July.

Jose Fernandez SP MIA 2 weeks ago

Fernandez (elbow) made his second rehab appearance at High-A Jupiter on Friday, tossing five scoreless innings.

After getting knocked around for five runs last weekend in his first outing at Jupiter, Fernandez was spectacular this time around. He needed just 65 pitches to navigate through five innings, conceding only two singles and a walk while striking out four batters. Fernandez's fastball consistently sat in the 94 to 98 mile per hour range Friday, right in line with his pre-surgery velocity. He's set to increase his pitch count to 80 in his next turn with Jupiter on Wednesday, before making two more rehab outings after that to close out June. Fernandez is tentatively on track to return to the Marlins for a July 2 start against the Giants, though that timeline is far from set in stone.

Jose Fernandez SP MIA 3 weeks ago

Fernandez (elbow) made his first official rehab appearance with High-A Jupiter on Saturday, allowing five runs on eight hits over three innings.

Fernandez touched 99 MPH with his heater during the outing and though the box score doesn't look pretty, the rehabbing hurler was pleased with his performance. "I would love to go out there and give up no runs, but I'm trying to work on my stuff," Fernandez told MLB.com after the game. He struck out two with one walk while tossing 39 of 54 pitches for strikes while focusing on his change-up in the game. The Marlins' ace is scheduled to build up his workload over five rehab appearances with the next one likely coming Friday, again with High-A Jupiter.

Jose Fernandez SP MIA 1 month ago

Fernandez (elbow) dazzled in his 42-pitch rehab outing at extended spring training Monday, Christina De Nicola of FOX Sports Florida reports.

Pitching in a game setting for the first time since undergoing Tommy John surgery in May 2014, Fernandez looked like his dominant self, tossing three no-hit innings while striking out seven batters. More importantly than those results was the fact that his fastball was clocked as high as 97 miles per hour, which is roughly in line with his pre-surgery velocity. The 22-year-old will still need at least a few additional weeks to build up his workload, but much like the Mets' Matt Harvey showed earlier this season coming off Tommy John surgery, Fernandez may not face much, if any, difficulty in reestablishing himself as one of the league's top aces upon his activation.

Jose Fernandez SP MIA 1 month ago

Fernandez (elbow) is slated to throw 45 pitches in his first extended spring training start Monday, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reports.

The Marlins had been eyeing mid-June for Fernandez's first extended spring start, but the right-hander completed several live sessions without issue and convinced the training staff he was ready to pitch in a controlled environment. While it's uncertain how many extended spring starts he'll need before embarking on a rehab assignment, Fernandez's stated goal is to return before the All-Star break.

Jose Fernandez SP MIA 1 month ago

Fernandez (elbow) will begin pitching in extended spring training games Monday, Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports.

The previous report on Fernandez's status had him pitching in extended spring games by mid-June, but it appears he is feeling good enough to move that estimate up a couple weeks. Fernandez is still targeting a return prior to the All-Star break, but it seems he is progressing better than anticipated, which could gain him another start or two with the big club that he was not expected to receive previously.