Make us your home page

Get the quickest, smartest news, analysis and photos from the Bucs game emailed to you shortly after the final whistle.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Marlins' Jose Fernandez may need season-ending surgery

Jose Fernandez was the NL rookie of the year in 2013.

Jose Fernandez was the NL rookie of the year in 2013.

LOS ANGELES — Marlins ace right-hander Jose Fernandez, the former Alonso High standout who is one of baseball's most exciting young pitchers, is expected to need season-ending elbow surgery, the Sun Sentinel reported.

Fernandez, 21, went on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a sprained pitching elbow. The Marlins were awaiting the results of an MRI exam but appeared to be expecting the worst, according to the Sun Sentinel, though the team wouldn't concede anything.

Several young pitchers have recently needed Tommy John surgery. Right-handers Matt Harvey and Stephen Strasburg and left-hander Patrick Corbin are among the All-Stars who have had the ligament transplant operation that can take 12 to 18 months for recovery.

"That's probably what everyone is going to talk about and continue to talk about," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said Monday night.

"We've protected him. We've been consistent in how we've used him, with his workload. We've given him extra days. That's a question I don't think anybody has the answer to."

Fernandez was 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts but was roughed up Friday night against the Padres, giving up six runs in five innings. His average fastball velocity had dropped in four straight starts, from 96.1 to 93.7 mph, according to

Around the majors

PUIG SUIT: A hearing will be held Friday in Miami on a motion by attorneys for Dodgers outfielder Yasiel Puig to dismiss a lawsuit filed by a Cuban man blaming the player for his imprisonment and torture on the island.

NO VERDICT: A federal jury in Houston deadlocked on a brutality claim by former Astros and Rays right-hander Brandon Backe, who had sought millions in damages after saying police caused career-ending injuries when they broke up a 2008 wedding party.

METS: Right-hander Rafael Montero will be called up from Triple-A Las Vegas to make his major-league debut Wednesday.

Marlins' Jose Fernandez may need season-ending surgery 05/12/14 [Last modified: Monday, May 12, 2014 11:23pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Playoff ambitions evident in opener for Zephyrhills, Wiregrass Ranch


    WESLEY CHAPEL — A new football season in Pasco County begins Friday night, but this one promises to be like none before it — with more math than ever. A new playoff system emphasizes schedule strength, making non-district tilts particularly important.

    Wiregrass Ranch wide receiver Jordan Miner catches a pass in spring practice at Wiregrass Ranch High School in Wesley Chapel on Monday, May 1, 2017.
  2. Dirk Koetter says Bucs used team meeting to discuss social issues


    Four days before their preseason home opener against the Cleveland Browns, which had 12 players not stand for the national anthem prior to their last game, the Bucs used their team meeting to discuss social issues that might have led to that demonstration, coach Dirk Koetter said.

    "The main thing is we have to respect everybody's opinion," Dirk Koetter said, "because everybody is not going to agree." [AP photo]
  3. Rookie tight end Antony Auclair making case to stick with Bucs


    Don't let his modest preseason stats fool you: Antony Auclair, the undrafted rookie tight end from Canada is making a strong case to stick around on the Bucs' 53-man roster this season.

    Bucs tight end Antony Auclair (82) collides with a defender following a catch during training camp. [CHARLIE KAIJO   |   Times]
  4. Calm (Largo) and clamorous (St. Petersburg) converge Friday night


    If Largo and St. Petersburg high schools are going to be successful this football season, it will be because of defense. And if those defenses are going to be successful, it will be because of secondaries that are potentially the best in Pinellas County.

    St. Petersburg High School CB Anthony Johnson  practices with his team Monday, Aug. 21, 2017.
  5. Rays morning after: Secret to Alex Colome's success is staying cool, calm, collected


    The ninth inning couldn't have started much worse for Rays closer Alex Colome on Tuesday, who took over with a 6-4 lead and quickly allowed a single and a double to bring the tying run to the plate.

    Alex Colome said the key to his effectiveness is not altering anything, especially his locked-in focus on getting the final outs.