SAN FRANCISCO (AP) Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will have 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 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 over the Los Angeles Dodgers, will remain in the Marlins’ rotation.
Updated May 15, 2014