A rash of injuries during the final week of spring training last year forced the Miami Marlins to add then 20-year-old right-hander Jose Fernandez to its starting rotation.
This year won't provide nearly as much suspense for the reigning rookie of the year.
''Last year I was trying to make the team,'' Fernandez said. ''This year I think that I am on the team, so I'm going about it a little different.''
Despite never before pitching above the Florida State League, Fernandez baffled major league hitters during a rookie season in which he went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and finished third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.
Fernandez and the rest of the Marlins' pitchers and catchers reported to Roger Dean Stadium on Sunday for the first time this spring. He acknowledged the talk of a sophomore slump from outsiders, but isn't worried about falling into one.
''I heard about it,'' Fernandez said. ''A lot of guys have said that. I don't know, anything can happen, but, man, I'm feeling well. I...