MLB notes: Surgery recommended for Marlins' Fernandez

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) throws during the fifth inning against the Los...

Miami Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez (16) throws during the fifth inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Marlins Ballpark earlier this season. (Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)

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Miami Marlins standout Jose Fernandez faces surgery after it was discovered that the ulnar collateral ligament of his pitching arm is torn.

An MRI on Monday detected the tear and a subsequent examination by noted specialist Dr. Neal ElAttrache of the Kerlan-Jobe Clinic in Los Angeles confirmed it, CBSSports.com reported Tuesday.

The Tommy John procedure was recommended by ElAttrache. Right-hander Fernandez was to meet with the team doctor on Tuesday to confirm the diagnosis and treatment.

Earlier, the Marlins announced Fernandez sprained the elbow and placed him on the 15-day disabled list, but the tear makes him a candidate for the ligament replacement surgery. If that is the case, he would become the 32nd big-league pitcher this year to need the reconstruction procedure.

To take Fernandez's place on the roster, the Marlins recalled left-hander Dan Jennings from Triple-A New Orleans. Jennings is 3-5 with a 2.96 ERA with Miami in 79 relief outings dating back to 2011.

The 21-year-old Fernandez apparently complained of elbow discomfort after his start against the San Diego Padres. He gave up six runs in five innings of a 10-1 loss to the Padres and his pitch velocity clearly dropped during that game.

Fernandez, the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year, has a 4-2 record with a 2.44 ERA and leads the major leagues with 70 strikeouts so far this season. Last year, Fernandez went 12-6 with a 2.19 ERA and had 187 strikeouts.

HERNANDEZ JOKES ABOUT EJECTION

Felix Hernandez turned in quite a performance for six innings Monday night, but all people were talking about afterward was what happened in the seventh.

His six innings of shutout baseball were overshadowed by how the Seattle Mariners right-hander left the game -- by ejection, for the first time in his nine-year career.

Hernandez actually been pulled from the game before plate umpire Mark Ripperger officially gave him the heave-ho.

With Seattle ahead 9-0, the Tampa Bay Rays' seventh inning began with three consecutive singles to load the bases. After two strikeouts, Hernandez allowed a bases-clearing double to No. 9 hitter Ryan Hanigan.

Manager Lloyd McClendon came out to remove Hernandez from the game, and the 28-year-old right-hander walked straight into the home dugout -- but didn't go quietly. He turned and unleashed a string of expletives toward Ripperger, who was standing 70 or 80 feet away behind the third base line, and Hernandez promptly got ejected.

After reliever Tom Wilhelmsen gave up an RBI single to the first batter he faced, Hernandez was charged with four earned runs over 6 2/3 innings. It marked the fifth game in a row Hernandez gave up three runs or more, but he snapped his streak of five consecutive games without a win by earning career victory No. 114.

Afterward, Hernandez said that he felt as if he were in control well into the seventh inning, even after giving up the three consecutive singles. He didn't express any remorse about how his night ended, preferring instead to make a joke about the incident.

"I'm a pro baseball player now," he said after the Mariners' 12-5 win. "First ejection."

WHO'S SABATHIA'S SUB?

Manager Joe Girardi was undecided who would fill CC Sabathia's spot in the rotation on Thursday, but was philosophical about losing three-fifths of his starting rotation to injuries, especially about Sabathia, who went on the disabled list Sunday.

"I don't really get down thinking about it," he admitted. "I learned at a young age from my parents that you just keep going. I witnessed my mother, who was a cancer patient, just keep going. There's no reason to worry about what's behind you and that's what we're trying to do."

Unfortunately for Girardi, what's ahead is up in the air in regards to who will fill Sabathia's start in the rotation. Alfredo Aceves was one option to start in Sabathia's place, but he came out of the bullpen Monday night against the Mets. Girardi also ruled out reliever Adam Warren.

New York's starting rotation, considered the strength of the team coming out of spring training, has become a major concern for Girardi. He did receive some good news on Monday regarding Sabathia's creaky right knee.

"As of right now, there's no meniscal tears. He's just got some fluid and he needs a little time off," said Girardi after the results of Sabathia's MRI on Monday.

Sabathia joined starters Ivan Nova (elbow) and Michael Pineda (right shoulder) on the DL.

DODGERS' URIBE DAY-TO-DAY

Juan Uribe took batting practice and participated in fielding drills again before Monday's game against the Miami Marlins, but the Los Angeles Dodgers third baseman didn't play. Manager Don Mattingly said Uribe was available, if needed, but he opted to go with Justin Turner at third.

Uribe, who is nursing a sore right hamstring, missed the past four games, but Mattingly was encouraged by the veteran's progress Monday, saying he didn't believe Uribe would serve a stint on the disabled list.

"He did a lot (Monday), so we'll see if he's sore at all tomorrow," Mattingly said before the Dodgers' 6-5 win over the Miami Marlins. "I hate to put it out there, but whatever it is, we don't feel like its 15 (days on the disabled list). And he's going to be usable, even if it's off the bench for a couple of days."

CARDS' LYONS STRAINED

St. Louis Cardinals left-hander Tyler Lyons was placed on the 15-day disabled list Tuesday with a strained shoulder.

Lyons was roughed up for nine runs on Monday night in a loss to the Chicago Cubs.

In April, Lyons took the place of injured right-hander Joe Kelly (hamstring) in the Cardinals' rotation. Since Lyons' call-up from Triple-A, he is 0-3 with a 6.12 ERA in six games, including four starts.

To replace the 26-year-old Lyons on the roster, the Cardinals recalled Sam Freeman and Jorge Rondon and also optioned Eric Fornataro to Triple-A Memphis.

Freeman had a 3.78 ERA in 13 games for Memphis. The 26-year-old has pitched in 37 games for the Cardinals during the past two seasons.

Rondon, 26, is making his first trip to the major leagues. The right-hander has a 2.51 ERA for Memphis this season.

The two pitchers were expected to join the Cardinals before their game on Tuesday night against the Cubs in St. Louis.


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