Jose Fernandez has an elbow injury, could potentially need Tommy John surgery

Jose Fernandez has an elbow injury, which might be terrible news for the Marlins and MLB

5/13/14 in MLB   |   Pat   |   5229 respect

May 9, 2014; San Diego, CA, USA; Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) throws during the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Petco Park. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY SportsJose Fernandez has been placed on the 15-day disabled list due to an elbow injury that the Marlins have called 'worrisome,' and there are legitimate concerns that he could be in line for a Tommy John surgery.

That would put Fernandez out of commission for about a full year, which would be a huge blow to the Marlins, who are starting to struggle after an early run that saw them atop the NL East.

It's also a huge blow to MLB as a whole, since Fernandez is one of those most talented and exciting pitchers in baseball. In 2013, he won the Rookie of the Year, thanks to a ridiculously incredible campaign in which he went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA, .979 WHIP, and struck out 187 in 172+ innings.

Fernandez has a chance to be the best pitcher in baseball if he comes back strong, with or without surgery. The key is that he absolutely has to to come back to his former level.

The loss of Fernandez for a year would be devastating. If they lose him for longer than that, the game will suffer.
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5/14/14   |   Scott   |   52004 respect

I think I saw a report yesterday that this would be the 15th player already this season who needs Tommy John surgery.  I have a feeling it won't be too long before MLB puts a pitch limit for pitchers like they do in the Little League World Series, especially when you see starts like Cole Hamels last one where he threw something like 130+ pitches