Miami Marlins pitcher, Jose Fernandez will be out of action for the rest of the season after the team announced he suffered a right ulnar collateral ligament tear which will require surgery.
Fernandez, who won the National League rookie of the year award last season, is discussing with doctors and Miami president of baseball operations Michael Hill what option to take regarding the injury.
It is expected that the 21-year-old ace will need Tommy John surgery, meaning he would be ruled out for a minimum of 12 months. An MRI scan in Los Angeles on Monday showed the full extent of the injury and Fernandez flew back to Miami yesterday to discuss his options with the Marlins team physician Dr Lee Kaplan.
Fernandez will be sorely missed by the Marlins who has a 4-2 record off eight starts this season. The starting pitcher was selected to play in the Marlins season opener in March against the San Diego Padres in only his second MLB season.
The Marlins have called Anthony DeSclafani up from Double-A outfit Jacksonville Suns and the pitcher will make his MLB debut today in the series finale against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Although Hill is confident DeSclafani can provide competent cover for Fernandez, the Marlins have been left with a serious hole in their rotation.
Fernandez holds an impressive 2.44 ERA record this season and has struck out 70 batters in the 51 and 2/3 innings he has pitched.
The 21-year-old from Cuba won two NL rookie of the month awards along with NL top rookie title in 2013. Fernandez was also named as an All-Star in one of the most impressive debut seasons ever for a Marlins pitcher.
Fernandez has carried his amazing start to life in the majors into 2014 and was named NL pitcher of the month in April.
Speaking to MLB.com, Hill said: “You’re talking about a kid who pitched with such enthusiasm and passion. The smile, the competitiveness was infectious. Now we’re going to need to focus that energy to the rehab process and hopefully get him back sooner rather than later.”
At such a young age great things are hoped for this starlet but they will have to be put on hold until next June at the earliest after picking up this devastating injury.
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