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Miami Marlins will not rush Jose Fernandez

Miami's ace is going from strength to strength in his rehab starts, but he will still debut on July 2nd against the Giants.

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The Marlins currently sit at 30-42 and need some sort of a boost to propel them back into the playoff picture. At a time when the rotation is barely holding itself together, with Jarred Cosart, Henderson Alvarez and Tom Koehler all missing starts, one would hope that the ace of the rotation could help stop the proverbial bleeding.

Jose Fernandez will be able to help, but not just yet. Despite a commanding performance in his latest rehab start on Monday where he struck out nine batters over seven innings of one-run ball, Fernandez's return date will not be moved forward. The original plan of a July 2nd return against the Giants at Marlins Park is still in place, and rightfully so.

It may be a difficult for the Fish to finish the season at .500, never mind battle for the playoff berth they sought at the start of the year. As a result, there is no need to rush Jose Fernandez back and risk any further damage to his pitching elbow if it hasn't fully recovered. The organization needs to start looking towards 2016, and Fernandez needs to be on the mound on Opening Day if the team wants to succeed.

The new-look rotation was supposed to keep the team near to .500 or above until Jose Fernandez returned, but this hasn't happened. Through injuries and poor performances, the starting pitching has struggled and a lack of offensive production at times hasn't helped. Although Fernandez will probably be the best acquisition before the trade deadline for any team, he will struggle to lead a resurgence with only the help of Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon.

Barring any setbacks, Jose Fernandez will thrive and dominate the rest of baseball again. While it is highly unlikely that the Marlins will win all of his starts, Miami's ace will give them the best chance to win every time he sets foot on the field. It will be fantastic to watch one of the best young pitchers in all of baseball take the mound again and the energy and passion he brings out in his teammates and the fans will definitely breathe some life into this organization.

The best thing the Marlins can do now is to continue to play hard, win as many games as possible, and carry the momentum into the off-season and 2016. There are at least three reasons to continue to watch the Marlins this year: Stanton chasing the Marlins' single-season home run and RBI records, Gordon chasing 200 hits and Jose Fernandez earning Cy Young votes.

One shouldn't completely lose hope of the Fish righting the ship this season and making the playoffs since there are not many players more capable than a healthy Fernandez to lead the charge.