Fernandez feels 'fantastic' day after debut
Marlins will work young ace back into regular routine after All-Star break
CHICAGO -- At first, the Marlins are easing Jose Fernandez back into action. But the 22-year-old's workload will increase after the All-Star break.
The Miami ace made a dazzling return from Tommy John surgery, giving up three runs and striking out six in six innings in Thursday's 5-4 win at Marlins Park. Topping his storybook afternoon, Fernandez also belted a home run.
As part of his recovery, Fernandez has been closely monitored the day after he pitches. That's the case with players coming off surgery.
"I feel fantastic," Fernandez said Friday.
That was all the Marlins needed to hear as they plan his next scheduled start, which will be on Thursday at home against the Reds.
"After every rehab start, it was how he felt and how much soreness he encountered," Miami manager Dan Jennings said. "That was part of the actual passing for the next rehab start, so it's great to hear that [he is fine]. I'm looking forward to July 9 when he takes the ball again."
Fernandez, who threw 89 pitches on Thursday, will make two starts before the All-Star break. But afterwards, Jennings noted the Miami star will be on a five-day routine with the rest of the rotation.
"Absolutely, after the break, we will come out and have a five-man rotation," Jennings said. "It'll be exactly the way we put it together in the winter."