Miami Marlins RTD: #KilltheDH?; Jose Fernandez Return

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Feb 20, 2015; Jupiter, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez speaks to the media during a press conference at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

4. When will Jose Fernandez make his 2015 debut?

Ehsan Kassim: I know the popular answer will be after the All-Star break, but I’m going with mid-June. Let’s look at it realistically, the Marlins CANNOT contend without a healthy Jose Fernandez. Bringing him back sooner will help. Also, with Fernandez being a Boras client and the team already losing one season due to injury, the clock with Fernandez and the Marlins is ticking. The team would actually be wise to squeeze everything they can from Fernandez before he eventually walks. 

Daniel Zylberkan: The scuttlebutt seems to be between June 15th and July 15th. So I’m going to cut the difference and say he’ll make his first start will be Saturday July 4th in Wrigley Field against the Cubs hopefully in a match-up against Jon Lester

Miller Lepree: First game after the All Star break. This is the best case scenario for the Marlins, because it would mean that they’re winning games and didn’t need to rush him back. This date would give him plenty of recovery time, and allow him to build stamina for a playoff run. The first game after the all-star break would also allow the hype to build, and the game would surely receive lots of attention.

David Polakoff: First game after the All-Star Break.

Travis Honeycutt: Fernandez will make his debut in the first game after the All-star break, and will take a no-hitter into the 9th before the jerk Phillies will hit a Ryan Howard grand slam or some nonsense and still lose, but lose like 5-4. Yeah. 

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Dillon Murrell: José should not pitch in a Major League game until after the All Star break, but he will probably be back by July 1.

Chris Posada: You can’t rush your prized possession until he’s good and ready, so the first start after the All-Star break is fine with me. The Marlins have excellent starters in the rotation that should be able to hold down the first until Fernandez returns, so rushing him makes no sense.

Shawn Flores: August 1st! No need to rush him!

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