Jose Fernandez To Have Season-Ending Surgery
Last night Ken Rosenthal reported that Jose Fernandez was going on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain.
We knew the situation didn't sound particularly promising, as a sprain indicates the possibility of ligament damage and the worst-case scenario of Tommy John surgery.
Now it appears this might be a worst-case scenario after all.
According to Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Marlins anticipate that Fernandez will need season-ending surgery on his right elbow. Presumably we're talking about Tommy John surgery here.
Source: #Marlins anticipate Fernandez will require season-ending elbow surgery.— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) May 13, 2014
This is a huge blow for a Marlins team that has surprised many by getting off to a 20-19 start, just 2 games back of the first place Braves.
Fernandez, 21, has been one of the best pitchers in baseball since his debut last season. Since then, he has gone 16-8 with a 2.25 ERA, 0.972 WHIP, .183 BAA and 10.3 K/9.
Jose Fernandez never threw more than 114 pitches in any of his 36 starts; only 172 2/3 innings last year, before he was shut down Sept. 11.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 13, 2014
In fact, Fernandez reached 100 pitches in only 11 of his 36 starts. http://t.co/nUhb3XLPVU— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 13, 2014
All we can hope is to see Fernandez back sometime in the 2015 season.