Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Jose Fernandez (elbow) expected to miss the rest of the season

The news is not good. In fact, it's horrible for one of the game's best young pitchers.

Per Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, the Miami Marlins believe that staff ace Jose Fernandez will need Tommy John surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right elbow.

If so, Fernandez would likely be out until June 2015.

Through eight starts, Fernandez has a 4-2 record with an MLB-high 70 strikeouts and a 2.44 ERA in 51 2/3 innings. Named the NL Rookie of the Year last season, Fernandez finished 12-6 with 187 strikeouts and a 2.19 ERA in 172 2/3 innings in 2013.

It's unclear who will take his spot in the rotation, but Kevin Slowey or Brad Hand could make a spot start in his place on Wednesday.

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