Updates from Tuesday, June 3
Major League Baseball posted an image on its Instagram account of Jose Fernandez picking up a baseball for the first time since his Tommy John Surgery:
Updates from Tuesday, May 20
Boras: "The manner in which Jose Fernandez has been used by the Marlins in development and at the MLB level is nothing but good practice."— Jon Morosi (@jonmorosi) May 19, 2014
Updates from Saturday, May 17
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that Jose Fernandez may have suffered a separate injury that led to issues with his arm:
Jose Fernandez’s arm injury was precipitated by a chain reaction of events that began when a line drive struck him in the thigh in his next-to-last game, according to the pitcher’s friend and attorney.
That “prompted a completely unanticipated change in delivery which neither the staff nor his coaches could discern,” culminating in a “traumatic” arm injury when Fernandez pitched next on May 9 in San Diego, said his Tampa-based attorney, Ralph Fernandez, in a statement that was released Friday after the pitcher underwent Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles.
Multiple members of the Marlins organization were quick to refute that notion per Spencer:
But Marlins manager Mike Redmond questioned that assertion.
“I don’t think it affected his delivery,” Redmond said of the line drive. “He looked the same to me in that game after that.”
Two Marlins pitchers who asked to remain anonymous said they didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary in Fernandez’s delivery after being struck by the line drive.
“Looked the same to me,” said one. “It [the arm injury] just happened.”
MLB provides an update on Jose Fernandez's surgery:
.@josefernandez77 had successful Tommy John surgery performed today by Dr. Neal ElAttrache. He will immediately begin rehab program.— MLB (@MLB) May 16, 2014
The Marlins pass along comments from Mike Hill:
“We are pleased that Jose’s surgery went well & confident he will approach rehab w/ same energy & passion that are his trademark" -Mike Hill— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) May 16, 2014
Updates from Thursday, May 15
Juan C. Hernandez of the Sun Sentinel provides an update from the Florida Marlins on Jose Fernandez's surgery:
#Marlins confirm Jose Fernandez will undergo Tommy John surgery Friday in Los Angeles.— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) May 16, 2014
Fernandez had this to say about his injury via Instagram:
To all my fans: you deserve to know that today, along with my family, I made The decision to undergo tommy john surgery. It was not an easy one, but with my condition it is the only option where I can return to the game I love as the same player I am temporarily leaving the game as. I'll be back as soon as my elbow will let me . And if anything... I have about a year to learn how to throw lefty ;)You haven't seen the last of me Miami, I promise you that.
Marlins star pitcher Jose Fernandez is scheduled to have Tommy John surgery Friday morning in Los Angeles, league sources said.
Fernandez, one of the rising stars in the game, was found to have a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament earlier in the week, and the Marlins said on Wednesday that surgery is recommended. Word is that Fernandez's elbow is otherwise "pristine," making him an ideal candidate to return to past form.
Bleacher Report's Will Carroll also had more insight into Fernandez's surgery:
Dr. Neal ElAttrache will be doing Jose Fernandez's surgery. He's been involved since the MRI, so no surprise. One of the best.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) May 15, 2014
Updates from Tuesday, May 13
Jon Heyman of CBS Sports provides an update on Jose Fernandez's injury and recovery:
Marlins superstar right-hander Jose Fernandez was diagnosed with a tear in the ulnar collateral ligament of his pitching arm and surgery was recommended in the initial diagnosis by noted physician Neal ElAttrache, sources connected to the team say.
Fernandez is scheduled to see Marlins team doctor Lee Kaplan Tuesday to see if he confirms the original diagnosis and recommendation.
Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel reports on when the surgery will likely take place:
Source: Jose Fernandez expected to undergo TJ surgery by week's end in Los Angeles. #Marlins— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) May 14, 2014
The Marlins Twitter account later confirmed the news and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com added what the expected recovery time would be for Fernandez:
José Update: Results confirm torn right elbow ligament. Tommy John surgery recommended. No decision made on if/when surgery will take place.— Miami Marlins (@Marlins) May 14, 2014
Michael Hill says Jose has a "significant tear" that Jose weighing TJ surgery. Recovery time usually 12-18 months #Marlins— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) May 14, 2014
Bleacher Report's Will Carroll provides more details on the tear:
Source tells me that Jose Fernandez's tear is "more than half" and that Tommy John is being scheduled.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) May 14, 2014
Updates from Monday, May 12
Plenty of rumors are flying around on the seriousness of Jose Fernandez's elbow injury, and if Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel is right, the Marlins' 2014 season just got a lot tougher:
Source: #Marlins anticipate Fernandez will require season-ending elbow surgery.— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) May 13, 2014
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports also offered a similar report:
Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald spoke with Fernandez's agent, Scott Boras, about the injury:
Scott Boras on Jose Fernandez's mood Monday after receiving diagnosis: "It's a very difficult day for all of us." #Marlins— clarkspencer (@clarkspencer) May 13, 2014
The Miami Marlins have been one of the pleasant surprises of the young MLB season and check in with a 20-18 record as of Monday. However, keeping that pace might be in serious jeopardy given that reigning NL Rookie of the Year pitcher Jose Fernandez is headed to the DL.
Marlins manager Mike Redmond passed along the diagnosis of Fernandez's injury, via Joe Frisaro of MLB.com:
Mike Redmond says Jose Fernandez has a right elbow sprain. #Marlins place Jose on DL Dan Jennings recalled— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) May 12, 2014
awaiting results of MRI and Jose is heading to Miami to see Dr. Lee Kaplan #Marlins— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) May 12, 2014
Redmond also discussed the possibility of Tommy John surgery, via Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports:
Redmond said "always concerned" could be TJ for pitcher with elbow injury. Not known yet if Fernandez will require that.— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 12, 2014
Source says that #Marlins' Fernandez just had second MRI and adds, "This isn't promising."— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) May 12, 2014
The Marlins are obviously nervous about the injury, as Jon Heyman of CBS Sports reports:
Marlins young superstar pitcher Jose Fernandez was placed on the disabled list with what was described as an elbow "sprain," and sources close to the team suggest the injury is "worrisome."
Will Carroll of Bleacher Report weighed in on Fernandez's injury:
It's a sprain for Fernandez per @kenrosenthal. That indicates UCL involvement. Not good, but have to wait for more info.— Will Carroll (@injuryexpert) May 12, 2014
ESPN's Jim Bowden provided further clarification on the injury:
Jose Fernandez has a tear in his right throwing elbow for those that are trying to debate the injury— JIM BOWDEN (@JimBowdenESPNxm) May 12, 2014
The Marlins are hot on the heels of the first-place Atlanta Braves, so losing their ace pitcher for the foreseeable future would be a blow to any postseason hopes they are harboring.
Fernandez is sporting a 4-2 record with an impressive 2.44 ERA and 0.95 WHIP. He has 70 strikeouts (NL leader) in only 51.2 innings pitched and a .188 batting average against.
ESPN Stats and Info broke down Fernandez's value to the team:
Marlins have won 64% of Jose Fernandez's starts the last 2 seasons, but only 36% of starts by other pitchers— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) May 13, 2014
Fernandez is only 21 years old, so look for the team to do whatever is in his best long-term interest regarding his health. Check back for updates as they develop.