Jose Fernandez is taking a break. He won’t pitch again until next Friday.
But in resting Fernandez now, the Marlins will have him available for the games that really matter. By skipping Fernandez’s next start, Fernandez will now be in position to start the final game of the season or the winner-take-all National League wild-card game if that’s where the team winds up.
“It’s unfortunate because I do want to pitch, and I do feel great,” Fernandez said of skipping his next scheduled start on Sunday. “But since I got the [Tommy John] surgery, I always understood why. There was always an explanation behind it.”
In what is Fernandez’s first full season since undergoing Tommy John surgery in 2014, the Marlins are taking precautions to ensure he gets through this season healthy and can pitch in the postseason if the Marlins make it that far.
They also skipped one of his starts before the All-Star break.