Everyone and their mother heard the news Monday when the New York Mets revealed that Matt Harvey, superstar of the future and the new face of the franchise, had an ulnar collateral ligament tear and that he will be shut down for the remainder of the season while the organization tries to take the necessary steps to avoid Tommy John surgery, which could keep Harvey out of commission for the 2014 season.
In that same NL East division, the Miami Marlins have a younger face of the franchise of their own in right-hander Jose Fernandez. Now, Fernandez started the season with the Marlins unexpectedly in April and has since thrown his hardest. The 21-year-old and the Marlins organization have to be weary as to whether or not Fernandez will do something to his elbow or throw out his shoulder.
It is not good for the fans when they see their favorite player have to be shut down for the season due to an innings limit. However, for Fernandez, it will come in about two starts or so if manager Mike Redmond plays it smart. You have to wonder what the Marlins have planned for Fernandez. Since the Marlins have been out of the division race for quite some time, it is almost expected that he gets shut down in the beginning of September.
For Fernandez to pitch in 170 innings and cap him off at that would be great.
You do not want Fernandez to miss any significant time, not when the franchise is counting on him to rebuild burned bridges with the fan base.