Fernandez on pace to finish up around Sept. 4

Yasiel Puig and Jose Fernandez. (Robert Vigon/Miami Marlins)

Yasiel Puig and Jose Fernandez. (Robert Vigon/Miami Marlins)

MIAMI — Each outing and inning brings Jose Fernandez closer to the end of his thus far remarkable rookie season.

On Monday night, the 21-year-old sensation gets his biggest test to date, facing the surging Dodgers at 7:10 p.m. ET at Marlins Park.

Fernandez will be making his 24th start, and he enters with 139 2/3 innings.

With Fernandez, you have to keep a close watch on the innings total, because once it gets to around 170, the Marlins plan to shut him down for the remainder of the season.

Basically, Miami management is projecting its shut-down date based on an average of seven innings per start. If he indeed can go seven innings per outing, his final start would be on Sept. 4 against the Cubs at Wrigley Field. That’s if the Marlins go with him every fifth game from this point forward.

At seven innings per start, Fernandez would be at 167 2/3 innings on Sept. 4.

If the club decided to give him an extra day, he could finish up on Sept. 6 at Marlins Park against the Nationals.

Fernandez’s story is well documented.

The hard-throwing right-hander made the leap from Class A to the big leagues at the start of the season. He logged 134 innings in the regular season in the Minor Leagues a year ago.

In 2012, Fernandez made his last start during the championship round of the Florida State League playoffs on Sept. 9. He worked five innings that day in Class A Jupiter’s victory over Lakeland.

Joe Frisaro

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