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May 4, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) throws against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the first inning at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins' Jose Fernandez placed on 15-day disabled list, Tommy John surgery likely

Miami Marlins starting pitcher, Jose Fernandez, and the National League Pitcher of the Month of April is expected to be placed on the 15-day disabled list, according to Fox Sports Ken Rosenthal.

Marlins manager Mike Redmond is expected to meet with the media at 6:30 p.m. ET according to Rosenthal where he will expound on the nature of Fernandez’ injury and how long the Marlins can expect to be without last year’s N.L. Rookie of the Year who experienced elbow discomfort and a drop in velocity in his last start.

The 6’2”, 225-pound right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.44 earned-run average in eight starts this season with a league-leading 70 strikeouts. Losing Fernandez for any amount of time is a blow mentally to the Marlins who are two games behind the Atlanta Braves in the National League East with a 20-18 record and a league-best 17-5 record at home.

If Hernandez has Tommy John, he will be out for the remainder of the season which is not only a blow for the Marlins hopes but all of baseball sees another promising starters lost to the operation.

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