The Arizona Diamondbacks fear they might have suffered another blow to their pitching staff, this time in the bullpen.
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports that stud reliever David Hernandez will get a second opinion on what the team fears is a torn UCL. Those three letters, of course, mean Tommy John surgery and one year of rehab.
If second MRI confirms torn UCL, Hernandez will require Tommy John, costing #DBacks valued reliever. Was up to 95 mph in most recent outing.
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) March 28, 2014
Hernandez is coming off a down season; in 2013 he posted a 4.48 ERA in 62 games. His durability was a plus, though, and he was coming off a stellar 2012 season. Hernandez’s role was going to be stable as a set-up man in 2014 after the team acquired Addison Reed from the Chicago White Sox to be their closer.
If the team is without Hernandez for the entire season, it will likely make the decision for them about closer/set-up guys J.J. Putz. The subject of trade rumors all off-season, Putz should now probably plan on being a member of the Diamondbacks for the 2014 season.