Great news on rehabbing ace Jose Fernandez.
Bob Nightengale of USAToday.com reports that Fernandez — who underwent Tommy John reconstructive elbow surgery last May — has been cleared to begin pitching in games at extended spring training next Monday.
Fernandez will likely make three or four starts at the Marlins’ spring training complex in Jupiter, Florida before embarking on a lengthy minor league rehab assignment. The hope is that he will be ready to make his 2015 debut around the first week of July.
Fernandez, who owns an absurd 2.25 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 10.3 K/9 in 224 1/3 career innings, has experienced zero setbacks so far in his recovery from Tommy John surgery. And he’s still only 22.
Maybe the Fish will finally have their ducks in a row by the time he’s ready to rock.