Marlins to shut down Jose Fernandez after two more starts
The Miami Marlins will shut down rookie starting pitcher Jose Fernandez after his next two starts.
According to MLB.com, Fernandez’s two starts will not combine for over 12 innings and he will most likely pitch six innings each start.
Manager Mike Redmond said Hernandez’s innings limit is 170 for the season as they decided before the year that he would be shut down anywhere from 150 innings to 170. Fernandez’s two starts will be at home, September 6 against the Washington Nationals and September 11 against the Atlanta Braves.
“That was the range as an organization that we felt comfortable leaving him around, depending on how many starts he did,” Redmond said. “It was kind of the unknown at the beginning of the season, how he would do and how he would perform. We were looking at ways to protect him, based on how many innings he had gone before. That’s the number we came up with.”
According to CBS Sports, Fernandez is a NL Rookie of the Year and Cy Young candidate. He is 10-6 with a 2.33 ERA. He also broke the Marlins rookie franchise record with 173 on Friday.