"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 MLB.com.
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