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Next stop for Jose Fernandez: Triple A New Orleans

Jose Fernandez made the leap from Single A to the majors, bypassing the high minors altogether, when he arrived on the big-league scene in 2013 as a rookie. On Wednesday, Fernandez will receive his first-ever taste of Triple A when he makes his next rehab start for New Orleans.

Manager Dan Jennings confirmed Sunday that Fernandez's next stop on the comeback trail from Tommy John surgery will be with the Zephyrs in Round Rock, Texas. Jennings said Fernandez is expected to throw anywhere from 75 to 80 pitches for the Zephyrs.

Fernandez was sensational on Friday when he pitched for Single A Jupiter.

"I think that was a mental hurdle for him to crawl over," Jennings said of Fernandez, who could rejoin the Marlins in either late June or early July.

Jennings said Jarred Cosart (vertigo) will make what "should" be his final rehab start on Tuesday, also for New Orleans.


First baseman Michael Morse took batting practice for the first time on Saturday since landing on the DL with a sprained finger and could begin a rehab assignment on Wednesday.

"It's coming around," Jennings said of Morse's injury. "I think now he's actually swinging the bat without the pain in his joint, and the swelling has gone down. His next step will be to go out and get some at bats (in the minors) from a timing standpoint."


Jennings said the upcoming rotation would remain the same, with Tom Koehler going Monday against the Yankees and David Phelps facing his former team on Tuesday.

"The next change will be when Cosart comes back and we'll insert him and go from there," Jennings said.