On Wednesday, the Miami Marlins confirmed that their superstar, starting pitcher Jose Fernandez, would undergo Tommy John surgery to repair his right elbow. Now, word has broken that Miami isn’t wasting any time to get the surgery on the docket, as it is now set for Friday.
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports brings the report:
Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery Friday morning in Los Angeles, league sources said.
Fernandez, one of the rising stars in the game, was found to have a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament earlier in the week, and the Marlins said on Wednesday that surgery is recommended. Word is that Fernandez’s elbow is otherwise “pristine,” making him an ideal candidate to return to past form.
Noted surgeon Neal ElAttrache will perform the surgery.
Any report that suggests the 21-year-old Fernandez has a “pristine” elbow is encouraging, especially with the high hopes of Marlins (and baseball) fans for his future. Before going down with the injury, he pitched more than 224 career innings with insane numbers (2.25 ERA, 10.31 K/9, 0.97 WHIP), and many consider Fernandez as the best young pitcher in all of baseball.
Even with the hurried nature of the surgery, Jose Fernandez will miss the entirety of the 2014 season and likely a portion of the 2015 campaign, but a speedy return is the hope for anyone who enjoys watching him pitch.