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Marlins Ace Fernandez To Undergo Tommy John

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ATLANTA, GA - APRIL 22: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins pitches in the fourth inning to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 22, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

ATLANTA, GA – APRIL 22: Jose Fernandez #16 of the Miami Marlins pitches in the fourth inning to the Atlanta Braves at Turner Field on April 22, 2014 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will have Tommy John surgeryicon1 Marlins Ace Fernandez To Undergo Tommy John Friday, ending the season for the reigning NL Rookie of the Year.

Manager Mike Redmond announced Thursday the right-hander would have the elbow ligament transplant procedure. The decision was expected after the 21-year-old Fernandez was put on the disabled list this week.

“Our focusicon1 Marlins Ace Fernandez To Undergo Tommy John is to get him back,” Redmond said before the Marlins began a four-game series in San Francisco. “I’m glad he’s having it done and starting his recovery process. Obviously it’s a big blow for us.”

The operation will be done in Los Angeles. Fernandez becomes the latest in a string of major league pitchers this year who have needed Tommy John surgery.

Fernandez was 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts this season.

Anthony DeSclafani, who started in place of Fernandez and made his major league debut during Sunday’s 13-3 winicon1 Marlins Ace Fernandez To Undergo Tommy John over the Los Angeles Dodgers, will remain in the Marlins’ rotation.

Updated May 15, 2014

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