Marlins move Jose Fernandez’s rehab assignment to Triple-A

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Jose Fernandez’s recovery from Tommy John elbow surgery has advanced to the point that the Marlins have moved the 22-year-old’s right-hander rehab assignment to Triple-A.

He’ll start Wednesday for New Orleans, which will actually be the first Triple-A start of Fernandez’s career because he jumped from Single-A to the majors as a stud prospect coming up through the Marlins’ farm system.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Fernandez is expected to throw 75-80 pitches, suggesting he’ll likely need at least a couple more rehab outings before being fully stretched out to rejoin the Marlins’ rotation.

Fernandez struggled in his first rehab start at Single-A on June 6, but tossed five shutout innings with four strikeouts and one walk in his second start Friday.