MLB notes: Fernandez attorney blames leg for elbow damage

Miami Marlins starter Jose Fernandez throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during NL play at...

Miami Marlins starter Jose Fernandez throws a pitch against the Atlanta Braves during NL play at Turner Field. (Brett Davis/USA TODAY Sports)

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The attorney for Miami Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez told the Miami Herald that a leg injury led to the elbow damage that resulted in the right-hander having Tommy John surgery on Friday.

Ralph Fernandez, who is not related to the Marlins pitcher, claimed the elbow injury occurred after Fernandez was struck by a line drive in his thigh in his second to last start. The attorney said that “prompted a completely unanticipated change in delivery that neither the staff nor his coaches could discern.”

According to the Herald, Marlins manager Mike Redmond and two unnamed pitchers on the team said they did not notice any changes to Fernandez’s delivery. Redmond also said Fernandez “absolutely” should have let informed the coaching staff if he was hurt after being hit in the leg.

“Jose was concerned about his arm,” Ralph Fernandez said. “Despite many exchanges on the subject in the days that followed he felt that with the Marlins regaining first place in the division, he could not let the team down. Apparently the injury was worse than he believed.”

The attorney also said Fernandez tore the ulnar collateral ligament in his elbow in the third inning of his last start but did not inform the Marlins of the injury until after he left the game.

Fernandez, who is expected to miss 12-18 months, went 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in 51 2/3 innings this year.

DIAMONDBACKS HIRE LARUSSA

The Arizona Diamondbacks hired Hall of Fame manager Tony La Russa to be their new chief baseball officer, the team announced Saturday.

La Russa will oversee the Diamondbacks’ baseball operations department and determine if changes are necessary. General manager Kevin Towers will report directly to La Russa.

“The entire organization is obviously frustrated with the results on the field and we are looking to improve,” CEO Derrick Hall in a statement.

La Russa, 69, retired from managing after guiding the St. Louis Cardinals to the 2011 World Series championship. Since then, he has been working in Major League Baseball’s executive offices.

La Russa also managed the Chicago White Sox and Oakland A’s during his long and successful career.

The Diamondbacks are off to a slow start to the season at 16-28 heading into Saturday. They are tied with the Houston Astros for the most losses in the major leagues. Arizona also has the worst run differential in the majors at minus-73.

Towers said his job may be at stake after the Diamondbacks were 9-22 at the end of April.

ASTROS SIGN FARNSWORTH

The Houston Astros signed right-handed reliever Kyle Farnsworth, who will be available for Saturday’s game against the Chicago White Sox.

Farnsworth, 38, was released by the New York Mets earlier this week. He served as the team’s closer until his release. He was 0-3 with a 3.18 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and three saves in 17 innings before being cut.

To make room for Farnsworth on the 25-man roster, the Astros optioned right-hander Paul Clemens to Triple-A Oklahoma City. Clemens has a 4.08 ERA and a 1.47 WHIP in 17 2/3 innings.

The Astros have the worst bullpen in the major leagues with a 5.56 ERA and 1.59 WHIP.

SOX PUT MIDDLEBROOKS ON DL

The Boston Red Sox placed third baseman Will Middlebrooks on the 15-day disabled list Saturday with a fractured finger.

Middlebrooks was hit by a pitch earlier this week but it is not clear if that resulted in the injury.

Middlebrooks, 25, has been bothered by injuries the past two seasons. He was out earlier this season with a calf injury. He has a batting line of .197/.305/.324 with two home runs and nine RBIs in 21 games this season.

The club recalled infielder Brock Holt from Triple-A Pawtucket to take Middlebrooks’ roster spot. Holt had a batting line of .348/.429/.435 with a stolen base in seven games earlier this season. His batting line at Pawtucket this season is .315/.380/.454.

CASHNER GOES ON DL

The San Diego Padres placed right-hander Andrew Cashner on the 15-day disabled list with a sore elbow, MLB.com reported Saturday.

The exact nature and extent of the injury was not immediately disclosed by the team.

Cashner, 27, was scheduled to pitch Sunday, but a replacement starter was not yet announced. In nine starts, Cashner is 2-5 with a 2.35 ERA in 57 1/3 innings this season.

INDIANS CALL UP HOUSE

The Cleveland Indians recalled left-hander T.J. House from Triple-A Columbus on Saturday and optioned right-handed reliever C.C. Lee to the same team.

House, 24, has spent the entire season at Columbus, going 1-2 with a 2.40 ERA in seven starts. In 41 1/3 innings, he has allowed 11 earned runs on 35 hits, with 35 strikeouts and 11 walks.

Lee is 0-0 with a 4.76 ERA in 13 relief appearances for Cleveland this season, allowing six earned runs on 11 hits in 11 1/3 innings.

TIGERS RELEASE ROBERTSON

The Detroit Tigers released left-handed reliever Nate Robertson on Saturday.

Robertson, 36, was pitching for the team’s Triple-A affiliate in Toledo. He had a 3.43 ERA but walked 13 batters in 21 innings in trying to work his way back to the major-league level.

Robertson was part of the Tigers’ rotation from 2004-08 but has not pitched in the majors since 2010.


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