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May 12, 2014

Jose Fernandez placed on DL with sprained right elbow

Here's my story on the Jose Fernandez injury.


The Marlins have placed Jose Fernandez on the 15-day disabled list with a right elbow sprain. Fernandez underwent MRIs in Los Angeles on Monday and is returning to Miami to be examined by team physician Dr. Lee Kaplan.

The full extent of the injury is not yet known, and manager Mike Redmond said he is hopeful that Fernandez will require rest and nothing more. But as everyone knows, whenever an elbow ligament injury is the issue, the words "Tommy John" are always on the tip of the tongue, and word is the organization fears season-ending surgery is likely.

"We're going to take every precaution necessary," said manager Mike Redmond. "He said he had discomfort, so we immediately are going give him treatment and the rest that he needs. Hopefully he just has to take a little bit of a break. Obviously, you're always concerned (about the need for Tommy John surgery) when you talk about an elbow. But that's something we have to wait to find out."

The Marlins have recalled Dan Jennings from New Orleans.

(Below is what I wrote earlier)

LOS ANGELES -- The details remain sketchy, but Marlins ace Jose Fernandez is in Los Angeles undergoing an MRI for a possible arm injury, according to a source with direct knowledge of the situation.

Ken Rosenthal of FoxSports reported that the Marlins are expected to place Fernandez on the disabled list.

The Marlins sent out a release earlier notifying the team's beat writers that manager Mike Redmond would address the media in the dugout at Dodger Stadium at 3:30 p.m. (6:30 EST).

Fernandez, who was scheduled to make his next start on Wednesday against the Dodgers, was rocked on Friday in San Diego, giving up two home runs (including a grand slam) for the first time in his career. His fastball velocity  game dipped into the low 90s towards the end of the 5+ inning outing and Fernandez all but abandoned the pitch the final two innings.

Fernandez told reporters Saturday morning that he threw up before the game because of something he ate. When asked specifically if his arm was OK, Fernandez said everything was fine.

"You're arm's fine?" Fernandez was asked.

"So far, yeah," he replied.

Apparently, everything is not fine.

The 21-year-old right-hander was the National League's Rookie of the Year last season after going 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA. In eight starts this season, Fernandez has gone 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA.

Will update as more details become available.