Miami Marlins ace right-hander Jose Fernandez has left the team to have his pitching shoulder examined, the Miami Herald first reported Saturday.

Fernandez, who returned from Tommy John surgery on July 2, has experienced some stiffness in the shoulder.

"There was a little discomfort there. Here's a guy who is coming off a 14-month rehab from Tommy John. As we would do with any pitcher, we're going to make sure before we run him out there," manager Dan Jennings told "When he had the shoulder stiffness, the decision was made to get him to Miami and have a look."

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Fernandez threw only 76 pitches before being removed from Friday's game.

In seven starts this season, Fernandez is 4-0 with a 2.30 ERA. He has struck out 53 batters in 43 innings.