Johnson comments on Fernandez's innings limit

Johnson comments on Fernandez's innings limit

MIAMI -- Innings limits are nothing new to the Nationals, who came into Friday's game as the second-to-last opponent for Miami's Jose Fernandez in 2013.

Taylor Jordan already reached his limit in mid-August. Jordan Zimmermann and Stephen Strasburg ended their seasons early in 2011 and '12, respectively.

"I'm glad they're shutting him down after 170 innings," Nationals manager Davey Johnson said of Fernandez. "When I had Dwight [Gooden] at 19, he had already pitched 200 innings the year before in Lynchburg."

There is a difference between the trio of Washington pitchers and Fernandez: Tommy John surgery.

Jordan, Zimmermann and Strasburg each underwent the procedure. Fernandez, 21, has surpassed his previous career high in innings (134) with 158 2/3 entering Friday.

"A guy like that, you don't want to push too hard or limit," Zimmermann said. "You see [Matt] Harvey -- he's got arm problems now. You never know what's going to happen and end up hurting a big piece of your future."

Christina De Nicola is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.