Chen gets opening day start for Marlins, not Fernandez

Updated Mar. 4, 2020 2:40 p.m. EST

JUPITER, Fla. (AP) Marlins newcomer Wei-Yin Chen will start on opening day instead of ace Jose Fernandez, a decision designed to help manage the workload of the former NL Rookie of the Year.

Manager Don Mattingly said Sunday that Chen would pitch April 5 when the Marlins host Detroit. Fernandez will start the next day.

Fernandez underwent elbow ligament replacement surgery during the 2014 season. He returned in 2015, but missed time near the end of the season with a strained biceps.

Mattingly said the Marlins have mapped out a schedule where over half of the starts for Fernandez this season could come with extra rest.