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The Marlins will allow Jose Fernandez to make two more starts before shutdown

Aug 31, 2013, 7:25 PM EDT

Jose Fernandez AP

MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins are planning to shut down rookie phenom Jose Fernandez after he makes his next two starts spanning 12 innings or fewer. The 20-year-old Fernandez was the tough-luck loser last night against the Braves, earning a loss despite allowing two runs over six innings of work while striking out eight.

Manager Mike Redmond told the press that Fernandez will not pitch on the road. As a result, his scheduled start against the Cubs on Wednesday has been pushed back to Friday against the Nationals.

More from Redmond on the innings limit:

“That was the range as an organization that we felt comfortable leaving him around, 150-170, 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.”

Overall, Fernandez is 10-6 with a 2.33 ERA in 158.2 innings this season. He is just behind Matt Harvey for the league lead in strikeout rate, trailing the Mets right-hander 27.7 percent to 25.5 percent. Fernandez’s biggest competition for the National League Rookie of the Year award is Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig.

  1. tfbuckfutter - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:31 PM

    Wait….how is that going to affect their playoff rotation?

    • erbaodai - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      Not gonna affect their playoff rotation, but it will have an effect on the ROY race.

  2. proudlycanadian - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:41 PM

    Doom! Are they trying to tank the season?

    • Old Gator - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Yeah, Scrooge McLoria wants to put the season in the tank behind home plate with the goldfish.

  3. mhcamp21 - Aug 31, 2013 at 7:51 PM

    Dudes legit

  4. mississippimusicman - Aug 31, 2013 at 8:18 PM

    I watched him for the first time last night, and I have to say it’s a joy to watch him pitch. His nine-minute showdown against Brian McCann was absolutely epic, and his reaction when he gave up the double to Freeman was priceless. I hope he has a long, successful career, despite how frustrating that would be for me as a Braves fan. Baseball needs more players like him, both in skill level and in attitude. It’s plain to see how much he loves the game.

    • Old Gator - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:39 PM

      He loves the game. He loves life in general. Anyone who went through what he went through to escape from Fidel and Raul’s island of tears and were where he is now, would have to love it too.

  5. papacrick - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:03 PM

    Who is Loria gonna get for this kid in a trade? Don’t wanna wait too long and let the few fans gets excited. Better get on the horn with Dombrowski

  6. johnnysoda - Aug 31, 2013 at 9:04 PM

    Can’t fault them for this- the Marlins will be lucky not to lose 100, might as well save their future ace for next year. He’s got a lot of promise; it’ll be fun to see him pitch in the years to come.

  7. Old Gator - Aug 31, 2013 at 10:32 PM

    Unsaid in Bill’s report is that the Feesh, knowing he’s the only attraction that they have who can draw flies to their hyperpineal slip-lid humidor, pushed him back a few days not to rest him but to squeeze two more home starts out of him before they lock him in the tower and fill the moat with crocodiles. With the Iron Giant struggling and the team showing all the life of Turnpike roadkill, fans only show up to root for their favorite out of town team, to watch the bouncing boobs of the Clevelander dancing girls, or….El Keed. Once he’s gone and people figure out they can watch the same boobs on Ocean Drive without the admissions fee, the out of town teams will be the only thing left to draw immigrants from across Macondo border and northward.

  8. crnvic847 - Aug 31, 2013 at 11:27 PM

    Dombrowski on 1!

  9. billysabre - Sep 1, 2013 at 12:08 AM

    This kid is a stud. Smart move.

  10. jolink653 - Sep 1, 2013 at 1:55 AM

    When do these innings limits ever work? Nationals tried it with Strasburg and he went in the tank this year, and the Mets did something similar with Harvey and now he’s hurt…just seems to me that shutting pitchers down at the end of the season if they’re not hurt doesn’t protect them much from injury; if they’re gonna get hurt, then it’s gonna happen at some point

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