Marlins president Michael Hill made the announcement to reporters
during Tuesday night's 7-1 loss in Los Angeles against the Dodgers.
The 21-year-old Fernandez, who won Rookie of the Year honors last
season and finished third in the Cy Young voting with a 12-6 record
with a 2.19 earned run average, is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in eight
starts and leads the majors with 70 strikeouts.
"Pitching's a precious commodity and we've always tried to be very
careful with it. So you try to err on the side of caution," Hill
"We've done everything we've thought was the right thing, as to how
we've handled him. It's just one of those things that happened."
The Cuban-born Fernandez, who is on the 15-day disabled list, is
weighing his options but season-ending surgery appears likely.
"I'm sure he feels like he's letting his teammates down because he
got hurt, and all the things that come with the type of competitor
he is," said Marlins manager Mike Redmond.
"But all we really want is for him to be OK and getting himself
healthy and getting back to the ball club. That's the important
The rehabilitation period for the reconstructive surgery would range
from 12 months to 18 months.
(Reporting by Larry Fine in New York; Editing by Julian Linden)
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