Starting pitcher Jose Fernandez is likely out for the season due to a sprained right elbow, which forced him to be placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday. There is no question the strong possibility of needing elbow surgery certainly has to have the Miami Marlins worried, as their young ace is more than just a very talented young pitcher. He is the future of the organization and the player who gives the fans hope.
It is not guaranteed that Fernandez will have to undergo surgery but all signs point to it being necessary. The unfortunate part about it is Fernandez is only 21 years old and has such promise. It does not mean that the surgery will prevent him from still becoming a stellar player, but rather, something no one wants to see happen to such a young pitcher.
Fernandez exploded in his first season in the big leagues last year. In fact, his 12-6 record, 2.19 earned run average and 187 strikeouts in 28 starts was good enough to earn him National League Rookie of the Year, rightfully so.
He picked up right where he left off, as he has been nothing short of outstanding on the mound in 2014. His four wins and overall great performance is the reason why the Marlins are one game above .500 and only two games out of first place in the NL East. Unfortunately, it is hard to imagine Miami will be able to sustain the success without their ace, as his loss will have a bad effect on the clubhouse. It is not just that he is the best player on the team. Fernandez inspires the rest of the players to go above and beyond their normal play because they want to match his capability.
The right-hander is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA and 70 strikeouts in eight starts this year.