SAN FRANCISCO - Jose Fernandez's Tampa-based attorney said Friday that the pitcher's arm injury was precipitated by a line drive he took off his thigh on May 4.
Ralph Fernandez, in a statement announcing that the pitcher had undergone successful Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles on Friday, said the chain reaction of events started when the Dodgers' Dee Gordon smoked a fifth-inning line drive off Fernandez's left thigh at Marlins Park.
Due to the pain, Fernandez altered his delivery and that, in turn, led to the "trauamatic event" in which he suffered a "significant" tear of his ulnar collateral ligament last Friday in San Diego. Ralph Fernandez, who is not related to the pitcher, said that Jose Fernandez complained about his arm to him but told no one on the Marlins about his concerns.
"Apparently the injury was worse than he believed," Ralph Fernandez said in the statement.
Here's the video of that line drive: