Earlier in the night, it was widely reported that Miami Marlins right-hander Jose Fernandez was placed on the disabled list with an elbow issue, but now, a new bit of information has come to the forefront.
Source: #Marlins anticipate Fernandez will require season-ending elbow surgery.
— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) May 13, 2014
Juan Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that the Miami Marlins are anticipating surgery on Fernandez’s elbow, and this is obviously troubling. The 21-year-old Fernandez has already emerged as one of the best pitchers in all of Major League Baseball, and this season, he has a sparkling 2.44 ERA with a strikeout rate of 12.19 batters per 9 innings over his eight starts.
It is important to note that nothing official has emerged from Fernandez’s camp or that of the Marlins, but Rodriguez is somehow in the know in Miami, and this is a dangerous spot for the Marlins. It can be strongly assumed that Miami will do everything necessary to fully evaluate Fernandez’s situation, simply because he is the face of their franchise, but if there is ligament damage in that elbow, there will be nothing for either side to do.
Now, every fan of the Miami Marlins will hold their breath until the conclusive results emerge on Jose Fernandez.