Jose Fernandez threw seven innings of one-run, four-hit ball last night at Class-A Jupiter, in what was his fourth rehab start. Fernandez threw 90 pitches, which was the most he has thrown in his rehab assignment, and had a total of nine strikeouts. Here is what Fernandez had to say about his fourth rehab start, via Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post:
"Closer," he said, when asked if he was close to being ready to face big-league hitters. "I did a lot of good things. I think from where I'm at with my pitch count, I'm feeling better and better every time."
Fernandez's fifth, and final, start of his rehab assignment is scheduled for Saturday at Double-A Jacksonville.
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Jose Fernandez is scheduled to return to the rotation next Wednesday, but instead of Jose replacing someone in the rotation, the club may decide to go with a six-man rotation.
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