The Marlins have named Wei-Yin Chen the Opening Day starter, not Jose Fernandez, per MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince. It’s a small way the Marlins are trying to limit Fernandez’s innings. Manager Don Mattingly also said that half of Fernandez’s starts will come with an extra day of rest.
Fernandez, 23, underwent Tommy John surgery in May 2014 and didn’t return until July last season. He missed another month-plus between August and September due to a biceps strain. In 11 total starts, Fernandez compiled a 2.11 ERA with 79 strikeouts and 14 walks spanning 64 2/3 innings.
Chen, 30, was the Marlins’ big splash in free agency, inking the lefty to a five-year, $80 million contract. He spent the last four years in the U.S. with the Orioles after pitching in Taiwan. In the majors, he has a career 3.72 ERA over 117 starts. This will be Chen’s first Opening Day start.