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 espn.com.
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