Jose Fernandez to make first ML start in almost 14 months on July 2

Almost 14 months removed from his last major league pitch, electric right-hander Jose Fernandez will soon take the mound for the Miami Marlins.

Appearing on the team's TV broadcast during Monday's 2-1 win over the New York Yankees, Fernandez said he is scheduled to return to the rotation July 2 at Marlins Park against the San Francisco Giants.

"I'm happy to say it," Fernandez said. "It gives me the chills. ... I just can't wait to be on that mound and throw some good fastballs."

Fernandez, who had Tommy John surgery on his right elbow last year, has made two starts for Class A Jupiter and will take his rehab to Triple-A New Orleans for his next start on Wednesday.

The plan is for him to throw 80 pitches in his next start, and then 95 to 100 pitches in consecutive rehab outings. Barring a setback, he'll then join the Marlins, who are in fourth place in the NL East with a severely depleted rotation.

Concern about the strength of Fernandez's elbow have been tempered by the presence of his characteristic velocity. Fernandez said Monday his velocity reached 99 mph in his most recent outing, and he's happy with his slider. He said he just needs to get his pitch count up before returning to the majors.

"I feel ready," Fernandez said. "My arm strength feels ready, my stamina feels good. I think it's going to be fine."

In 28 career starts, Fernandez is 16-8 with a 2.25 ERA and 257 strikeouts in 224⅓ innings. He was named the NL rookie of the year after his sensational 2013 season.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.