Rehabbing Fernandez throws more live BP

Rehabbing Fernandez throws more live BP

MIAMI -- The news remains encouraging for Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez in his recovery from Tommy John surgery.

On Wednesday, Fernandez threw another session of live batting practice against hitters at the Roger Dean Stadium complex in Jupiter, Fla. The right-hander threw around 30 pitches.

Fernandez is tracking toward pitching in extended spring games around the second week of June. But no specific day has been set. Once the 22-year-old starts pitching in game situations, the Marlins will get a better idea of when he will be reinstated.

It appears the earliest Fernandez could be reinstated would be around July 1. The team has a loose window for a return, waiting to see how his arm responds to game situations.

Fernandez underwent Tommy John surgery on May 16, 2014. Recommended recovery is around 14 months.

The Marlins initially had set a window of around June 15 to the All-Star break. But it's now appearing that window could be July 1 to the break.

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