Jose Fernandez undergoes MRI, placed on DL with elbow sprain
Miami Herald Marlins beat reporter Clark Spencer reported that Fernandez underwent an MRI in Los Angeles, which is where the Marlins are for a series with the Dodgers. At this point the severity of the injury is not known.
Fernandez, who was the NL Rookie of the Year in 2013, is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA and 70 strikeouts in 51.2 innings this season. On Friday, he was roughed up for only the second time in eight starts this season when the Padres got to him for two home runs, six hits and six runs in 5+ innings. Fernandez getting hit hard was as sure of a sign as any that something was wrong. So was his major dropoff in velocity during the start.
Fernandez is only 21 and already one of the most dangerous pitchers in baseball. It’s bad for the Marlins and the game as a whole if he is hurt. There are a lot of people fearing the worst and hoping for the best with the young stud.