MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports that the Marlins have taken preliminary plans to begin an innings plan for starter Jose Fernandez. The right-hander made his season debut on July 2 after working his way back from Tommy John surgery, then landed back on the disabled list in August due to a biceps injury.
The Marlins will work with Dr. Neal ElAttrache to come up with a specific number for Fernandez. Frisaro notes that the Marlins won’t be consulting directly with Fernandez’s agent Scott Boras, who also represents Mets starter Matt Harvey. Boras and Harvey drew criticism during the season due to an imposed innings limit.
Fernandez, 23, recently rejected a multi-year contract extension offered by the Marlins. In 47 starts over three seasons, he has a 2.40 ERA, a 1.014 WHIP, and a 336/85 K/BB ratio spanning 289 innings.