Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez will undergo Tommy John surgery this week to correct a torn UCL in his throwing elbow and will miss the rest of the season, according to a tweet from SportsCenter.
The news comes after two medical opinions were obtained by the team this week. The first came from Dodgers team physician Dr. Neil ElAttrache, who said the surgery was needed; the second opinion came from the Marlins team physician, who confirmed that the 21-year-old should undergo the season-ending surgery.
Last season's NL Rookie of the Year becomes the 33rd MLB player to have the procedure in the past year. He had a 2.44 ERA in 51.2 innings pitched before going down, leading all of MLB with 12.2 strikeouts with nine innings.
THIS JUST IN: Jose Fernandez will have Tommy John surgery by end of the week, ending his season. (via @SunSentinel) pic.twitter.com/jpiy0P7kgF — SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) May 14, 2014