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Marlins' Jose Fernandez will seek second opinion on elbow surgery

Jose Fernandez won the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year award. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images) Jose Fernandez won the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year award. (Rob Foldy/Getty Images)

Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez will seek a second opinion after being told he would need surgery on a torn UCL in his throwing elbow, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports.

On Monday, Fernandez was informed that he would need Tommy John surgery to repair the torn ligament by Dr. Neil ElAttrache. He is now scheduled to meet with the Marlins' team physician to see if he will receive the same diagnosis.

The 21-year-old Fernandez has a 2.44 ERA in 51.2 innings pitched this season, and leads all of baseball with 12.2 strikeouts per nine innings.

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If Fernandez requires Tommy John surgery, he will likely miss between 12 and 18 months rehabbing the injury. The reigning NL Rookie of the Year would be the 33rd MLB player to have the procedure in the last year, reports Heyman.

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