Fernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday due to a
right elbow sprain. The right-hander had an MRI exam performed
earlier Monday by Neal ElAttrache, who serves as the head team
physician for the Los Angeles Dodgers, before flying back to Miami,
where he will be examined by the club's doctors. Results of the MRI
won't be known for a few days, Redmond said.
Multiple media outlets reported that the Marlins believe Fernandez
needs season-ending surgery.
Fernandez was scheduled to pitch Wednesday's finale of a three-game
series between the Marlins and the Dodgers at Dodger Stadium.
"We're going to take care of him and try to take every precaution
necessary," Redmond said. "He said he had discomfort, so we
immediately are going to get him treatment and the rest he needs."
Redmond said Fernandez (4-2, 2.44 ERA), the 2013 National League
Rookie of the Year, told him he felt discomfort in the elbow after
he went five innings and allowed six runs (five earned) in a loss to
the San Diego Padres on Friday night.
"This guy is a dynamic player and (has) been a huge lift and huge
spark to our team, and we just hope everything goes well and that he
just has to take a little bit of a break," Redmond said.
Asked how concerned he was if the right-hander might need Tommy John
surgery, Redmond said, "I think you're always concerned when you
start talking elbows. That's just something that we have to wait to
find out, but I think we're always concerned about that with
pitchers. It's a fine line when guys start getting hurt, especially
a player of his caliber, so it's a big blow."
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Redmond said Fernandez felt ill before his start in San Diego,
apparently the result of an upset stomach, but the manager said it
was unconnected to the elbow injury. That occurred during the game,
"I just knew he wasn't feeling good. He hit 97 (mph) in that game,"
Redmond said. "Like I said, I wasn't made aware that there was
anything wrong with him except feeling ill before the game until
after the game."
Redmond hadn't picked a pitcher to start Wednesday's game.
Left-handed reliever Dan Jennings was recalled from Triple-A New
Orleans to replace Fernandez on the club's roster.
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