The bad news seems inevitable at this point. It might not be wise to try and glean hopefulness from this bit of news, but I suppose we can still take comfort in the fact that Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez is not officially lost for the year, at least not yet.
Speaking just a short while ago earlier tonight, manager Mike Redmond says that there is no official word yet in the time since Fernandez went to see the team doctor for a second opinion on his torn UCL diagnosis. From Joe Frisaro of MLB.com:
Shortly before the Marlins faced the Dodgers in Los Angeles, manager Mike Redmond said there was nothing definitively set for Fernandez, who is on the disabled list with a right elbow sprain.
There is growing speculation that Fernandez will require season-ending Tommy John surgery. For now, the team has not made any announcement.
‘I haven’t heard anything yet,’ Redmond said. ‘He was scheduled to meet with the doctor in Miami late this afternoon.’
It would take something drastic, it would seem, for the news to be anything other than grim after one MRI revealed a torn UCL for Fernandez. Barring such unexpected good news, it looks like baseball is going to lose one of its most exciting players for the rest of the season.