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May 13, 2014

The Jose Fernandez Situation (video)

LOS ANGELES -- Here's the latest: the second doctor who examined Jose Fernandez in Miami on Tuesday confirmed the diagnosis of the first -- a "significant" tear in his ulnar collateral ligament -- and recommended Tommy John surgery.

Michael Hill, the Marlins' president of baseball operations, confirmed the news tonight. While Hill said Fernandez is still conferring with family members and that no date has been set for the surgery, or even if he'll undergo the procedure, sources say he'll likely undergo surgery within coming days. Basically, he has no other choice.

Here's video of Hill discussing the latest involving Fernandez:

Anthony DeSclafani to make MLB debut Wednesday for Marlins

LOS ANGELES -- There is no new news at the moment on Jose Fernandez. The pitcher is in Miami receiving a second opinion on his injury, and there is a good possibility more information will become available later tonight.

In the meantime, Marlins manager Mike Redmond announced that right-hander Anthony DeSclafani will be promoted from Double A Jacksonville to make his major league debut Wednesday at Dodger Stadium. He'll be added to the roster following tonight's game, at which time the Marlins will make a corresponding move to make room for him.

 DeSclafani, 24, was one of seven players obtained by the Marlins in their 2012 trade with Toronto. In eight starts this season for Jacksonville, DeSclafani -- who attended the University of Florida -- is 3-4 with a 4.19 ERA. He played for Redmond in 2012 at Single A Lansing.

"He's got tremendous upside," Redmond said. "Out of all of our younger guys, because he was a college guy, he's a little bit more polished. I know in Toronto, he was definitely a guy they didn't want to lose. He was kind of guy they thought was under the radar, but obviously he wasn't. I thought it was a great addition to that trade, picking him up. He's got a great arm, and he pounds the strike zone. Hopefully he'll be able to do that tomorrow. This is a big test for him."

Report: Fernandez has significant UCL tear, surgery recommended

LOS ANGELES -- CBSsports.com's Jon Heyman is reporting that Jose Fernandez has a significant tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and Tommy John surgery was recommended by the first doctor to examine him -- Neal ElAttrache, the Dodgers' team physician.

But the Marlins are waiting to hear the results of a second exam that was expected to take place today in Miami by the Marlins' team doctor, Lee Kaplan, before deciding which direction to go with Fernandez.

On a positive note, Heyman also reported that Fernandez's elbow is in otherwise "pristine" condition, improving his chances of a successful return if he undergoes surgery. But if surgery proves to be the case, the earliest Fernandez could be expected to pitch again for the Marlins would be sometime next season.

Meanwhile, the Marlins need someone to take Fernandez's start on Wednesday against the Dodgers and they might be forced to dip into their minor-league system for that person. Kevin Slowey threw 46 pitches in San Diego on Sunday while Brad Hand was used last night in relief, all but eliminating either of those two as possibilities.

Anthony DeSclafani is one possible call-up candidate. His start on Saturday for Double A Jacksonville was cut short after one inning by rain. Andrew Heaney went six innings on Sunday for Jacksonville and is likely not being considered.


Henry Rodriguez walked four batters in only two-thirds inning last night in what was only his second outing with the Marlins since being called up from the minors.

Only four pitchers since 1914 who have logged as many as 150 innings in their careers have averaged more than 6 walks and 9 strikeouts per nine innings. They are: Rodriguez (6.41 BB/9 and 9.04 K/9), Doug Creek (6.19 BB/9 and 9.08 K/9), Mark Clear (6.2 BB/9 and 9.00 K/9) and Carlos Marmol (6.16 BB/9 and 11.60 K/9).