LOS ANGELES – Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez has a significant tear in his right elbow and the team doctor has recommended season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Team president Michael Hill made the announcement in the Dodger Stadium press box during Tuesday night’s game against Los Angeles.
“Pitching’s a precious commodity and we’ve always tried to be very careful with it. So you try to err on the side of caution,” Hill said. “We’ve done everything we’ve thought was the right thing, as to how we’ve handled him. It’s just one of those things that happened.”
The 21-year-old Fernandez is 4-2 with a 2.44 earned-run average in eight starts. Last season’s NL Rookie of the Year was examined by Marlins team physician Lee Kaplan in Florida.
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