LOS ANGELES — Marlins ace RHP Jose Fernandez has a significant tear in his right elbow, and the team doctor is recommending that he have Tommy John surgery.
Team president Michael Hill made the announcement in the Dodger Stadium press box during Tuesday night's game against Los Angeles.
Fernandez, 21, a former Alonso High standout, was put on the 15-day disabled list Monday. Last season's NL rookie of the year was examined Tuesday by Marlins team physician Lee Kaplan in Florida.
One of baseball's most exciting young players, Fernandez was 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA this season after winning NL rookie of the year. But his average fastball velocity had dropped in four straight starts and was down around 90 mph in a rough outing against the Padres on Friday night.
He'll join an alarmingly long list of young pitchers to have had the reconstructive elbow surgery. Since the start of spring training, 17 pitchers on major-league rosters have had the operation, including Rays LHP Matt Moore. Recovery generally takes 12 to 18 months.
BAD BEEF: Phillies manager Ryne Sandberg and Mets 1B Lucas Duda came down with food poisoning over the weekend at Citi Field, and both said they believe a hamburger from the Shake Shack concession stand was the cause. Sandberg said that he lost 6 pounds in two days. Duda was hospitalized Friday afternoon.
UMP'S TOUCH: Major League Baseball will review an incident in Monday's game when third-base umpire Paul Nauert briefly put his hand on Tigers OF Torii Hunter's face during a benches-clearing altercation, the Detroit News reported. Major-league players are subject to suspension if they touch an umpire.
CUBAN TO JAPAN: Slugger Yulieski Gourriel became the third Cuban player to legally join a foreign team under a law passed by the talent-rich island last year. The infielder, 30, signed with Japan's Yokohama DeNA BayStars for one season.
BREWERS: LF Ryan Braun, out since April 26 with an oblique strain, was activated from the disabled list. But 3B Aramis Ramirez went on the disabled list with a strained left hamstring.
CARDINALS: RH reliever Jason Motte, who missed all of last season after having Tommy John surgery, pitched a scoreless inning for Triple-A Memphis and is on track to return to the majors next week. … LHP Tyler Lyons went on the 15-day disabled list with a strained shoulder.
ORIOLES: RHP Kevin Gausman, one of the team's top prospects, will be called up from Triple-A Norfolk to start today's game.
ROYALS: 2B Omar Infante went on the 15-day disabled list retroactive to May 7 with back stiffness.
YANKEES: RF Carlos Beltran was diagnosed with a bone spur in his right elbow and received a cortisone shot in hopes of avoiding the disabled list.