MIAMI Jose Fernandez understands why the Miami Marlins are monitoring his innings total.
The kid with the golden arm, after just 138 13 minor-league innings, will be limited to 150-170 during his rookie season.
Fernandez is at 98 23 heading into his final start before the All-Star Game, scheduled for Saturday night against Washington.
Still, Fernandez said Monday he would be surprised if the Marlins asked National League manager Bruce Bochy to refrain from using the 20-year-old right-hander in next Tuesday nights All-Game at Citi Field in New York.
In my mind, Im thinking Im going to pitch, said Fernandez, named to the NL team on Saturday. Im going to throw one pitch, I hope. I dont think they will (ask that I not be used).
It would only be one inning, I think. Maybe one out two outs whatever it is, Im going to try to enjoy it.
Fernandez, who turns 21 on July 31, became the youngest Marlins player to be named to the All-Star team. Miguel Cabrera was 21 years and three mont...