Fernandez’s first Spring start will be Friday

JUPITER, Fla. — Jose Fernandez, the reigning National League Rookie of the Year, will waste little time getting seeing game action.

Manager Mike Redmond on Saturday announced Fernandez as the starting pitcher for the Marlins’ first Grapefruit League game, which is next Friday against the Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Miami will be the visiting team. St. Louis is starting Carlos Martinez.

Coming off one of the best rookie seasons since Dwight Gooden in 1984, Fernandez has not seen game action since Sept. 11, when he beat the Braves. But after that game, the club shut the hard-throwing right-hander down due to an innings limit.

The Marlins have yet to officially announce Fernandez as their Opening Day starter. But that is considered a formality.

Miami opens its exhibition season on Wednesday against the University of Miami in Jupiter.

Angel Sanchez, acquired from the Dodgers last July in the Ricky Nolasco trade, will get the nod against the Hurricanes.

Joe Frisaro

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