An attorney for Marlins RHP Jose Fernandez said a liner that struck the back of his left leg caused him to change his throwing motion and might have contributed to him needing elbow ligament replacement (Tommy John) surgery.
Tampa-based Ralph Fernandez released a statement Friday saying the problems for the graduate of Tampa's Alonso High began when hit May 4 against the Dodgers. Fernandez pitched five innings at San Diego on May 9 in his last start before the Marlins said he needed surgery, which he had Friday in Los Angeles.
"After the (Dodgers) game, we spoke as we always do," Ralph Fernandez wrote in the statement. "Jose was concerned about his arm. He felt that with the Marlins regaining first place in the division he could not let his team down. Apparently, the injury was worse than he believed. In San Diego in the third inning, he suffered a traumatic event, tossed a couple of more innings and the rest is history."
Marlins manager Mike Redmond said nobody knew of Fernandez's injury until after the start in San Diego.
"I just think if it was bothering him, then he should have said something," said Redmond, who added he didn't notice any change in delivery. "We would've, obviously, shut him down."
Jose Fernandez was not available for comment.
Another surgery? Rangers officials will meet with LHP Martin Perez today to determine if he will have Tommy John surgery. Perez, 23, felt pain in his elbow throughout his last start. An exam revealed inflammation, and he said this week he's leaning toward having the surgery.
A's: CF Coco Crisp, out since May 7 when he strained his neck while running into a wall going for a catch, returned.
Indians: RHP Danny Salazar, who started last year's wild card game against the Rays, was sent down to Triple A. In eight starts this year, he is 1-4 with a 5.53 ERA and has allowed 49 hits (including eight homers) over 402/3 innings. LHP Kyle Crockett, a fourth-round pick last year, was called up from Double A to take Salazar's spot in the rotation.
Nationals: Veteran 1B Greg Dobbs was called up from Triple A. Dobbs, 35, went 1-for-13 for the Marlins before being released May 6. Washington signed him Monday.
Reds: 1B Joey Votto sat because of a distal quadriceps strain. He had an MRI exam on his left knee, on which he had two arthroscopic surgeries in 2012. But it showed no structural damage and revealed the strain. He did not travel to Philadelphia for the start of a three-game series, and the team said a stint on the DL is possible.
Red Sox: RF Shane Victorino missed his second game because of a sore left knee. He was hurt sliding into second on Tuesday.
Pirates-Yankees, PPD: The game in New York was called off about six hours before first pitch due to a forecast of inclement weather throughout the night. They will play a doubleheader Sunday.