MIAMI (AP) – Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has been cleared to start throwing Oct. 1.

The 2013 National League Rookie of the Year had season-ending Tommy John surgery May 16. He met with Dr. Neal ElAttrache in Los Angeles on Thursday.

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“A lot of good news came out of that in going up there and seeing him so I’m really excited,” Fernandez said Friday. “I’m feeling great. I’m feeling like I didn’t have the surgery so I think that’s good news.”

There is not a timetable for Fernandez’s return to game action.

“We are going really week-by-week,” Fernandez said. “That was the goal since surgery. … If it’s Opening Day, great. If it’s September next year, great. It will depend on how I feel.”

However, the 22-year-old pitcher did say he would like for his return to be at Marlins Park where he is 9-0 with a 1.19 ERA in 15 career starts.

“Whatever day it is, hopefully I would love for it to be a home game,” Fernandez said.

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He plans on throwing either at 30 or 45 feet for three to four minutes during the Oct. 1 throwing session, but does not anticipate expediting the process for a return.

“I’ve got to be really smart about how I’m going to approach this and be really careful because I don’t want to come back for three months, I want to come back for 13, 14 more years that I want to play in the Big Leagues,” Fernandez said.

Fernandez is 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA in 28 career starts. He has 187 strikeout in 172 2-3 innings.

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