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Miami Marlins’ Wei-Yin Chen to open second half

Fernandez will be pushed back.

Miami Marlins v New York Mets Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images

Wei-Yin Chen will be the first to pitch when the Marlins open the second half in St. Louis on Friday, Miami announced Thursday.

Chen, 30, didn’t have an ideal first half, pitching to a 4.83 ERA and 4.54 FIP over 98.2 innings. He made 17 starts after signing five year, $50 million deal with the Marlins last off-season.

Tom Koehler and Adam Conley will pitch in the two and three spots, respectively.

Jose Fernandez was likely pushed back as a result of his appearance in the All-Star Game. Fernandez pitched an inning and a third for the National League on Tuesday.

The Marlins will have to determine who will be their fifth starter in the coming days. Justin Nicolino and Jarred Cosart are options, though’s Joe Frisaro notes Jose Urena could be considered.

Miami will open the second half tied with the Mets for one of two Wild Card spots in the National League.