Jose Fernandez has cast, stitches removed Tuesday in Los Angeles


May 20, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) fields questions from reporters during a press conference at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Step one of the recovery from his Tommy John Surgery is complete for Jose Fernandez.

On Monday night, the Marlins right handed ace announced on Twitter that would be flying to Los Angeles on Tuesday to have his cast and stitches removed.

Fernandez had surgery performed on him on May 16th, in Los Angeles, by the Dodgers team physician, Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

Per Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro, the Marlins expect Jose to be out anywhere from 13 to 14 months.

"Recommended recovery time from Tommy John surgery is 12 to 18 months. Fernandez said recently that he intends to follow the medical recommendations. There is a general feeling that he will miss 13 to 14 months.The timetable to begin throwing a baseball is in mid-September."

The timetable Frisaro lays out would return Fernandez to the mound in either June or July of 2015. If the Marlins are able to add some more talent on their roster in the coming months, having Fernandez back in the rotation would equate to making a blockbuster deal, without dealing any prospects, next season.

With Fernandez out, the Marlins first turned to prospect Anthony DeSclafani to take his rotation spot. After two starts, the Marlins have handed the spot to Randy Wolf.

By the end of June, that rotation spot Wolf holds should be handed to the Marlins top prospect, Andrew Heaney, who currently is throwing in Triple-A New Orleans.