Perhaps there will be some wiggle room in Jose Fernandez’s innings limit.

The Marlins’ rookie sensation is making his 27th start of the season on Friday night against the Nationals at Marlins Park.

Fernandez is at 158 2/3 innings and the team a few days ago said the rookie is facing a firm 170 innings limit before he is shut down. Once that was announced the question became: How would the remaining 12 innings be divided over two starts?

The natural assumption is if he wasn’t laboring he would go six innings on Friday and six on Sept. 11 in his last outing which is scheduled to be at home against the Braves.

On Friday manager Mike Redmond clarified where things stood with Fernandez in relation to how the innings would be dispersed. Before facing the Nationals Redmond discussed the matter with the star rookie.

“We’re going to focus on tonight” Redmond told the rookie right-hander. “I told Jose not to worry about all the talk about the innings and how some people are saying it’s going to be six and six.