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Marlins sticking to Fernandez shut down plan

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MIAMI -- The elbow injury to New York Mets ace Matt Harvey has the Miami Marlins more determined than ever to shut down rookie Jose Fernandez early next month.

Harvey is facing the possibility of Tommy John surgery after being diagnosed with a partially torn elbow ligament. Fernandez has been free of injury in his professional career, but the Marlins still plan to shut him down at around 170 innings, manager Mike Redmond said.

"The plan's still the same with that 170-inning mark, right around there," Redmond said.

Fernandez, who has thrown 152 2/3 innings, probably has two more starts left. He was named Monday as the National League's co-player of the week, along with Jeff Samardzija of the Cubs.

The injury to Harvey only reinforces the Marlins' plans to do everything they can to protect Fernandez.

"Any time a guy gets hurt you think about all that stuff, their innings limit and how you use guys," Redmond said. "It's just such a tough thing to predict. I just feel when a guy's going to go, he's going to go. You can sit there and think about how you're best going to protect the player until you're blue in the face. Guys get hurt. It's unfortunate. But it's the way it goes."

Redmond also noted that many healthy pitchers wind up having Tommy John surgery.

"It's just such a tough thing to predict," he said. "There's no science to be able to predict it."

--The Sports Xchange team correspondents contributed to this report.

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