PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona Diamondbacks setup man David Hernandez thought it was just normal elbow soreness.
He pitched through it __ thought it was even getting better __ and manager Kirk Gibson said they decided on getting an MRI "just to put him at ease."
The results shocked the club: Yet another key pitcher could be headed to season-ending reconstructive elbow surgery.
"It's kind of deflating," Hernandez said Friday.
Added Gibson: "I don't know what to say. It's disappointing."
Hernandez indicated he has a torn ulnar collateral ligament. Three days after All-Star starter Patrick Corbin had season-ending elbow surgery, Hernandez is likely headed to a similar fate after he meets with Dr. James Andrews in Florida for a second opinion Monday.
The surgery could happen next week.
"We had him slotted in the eighth inning," Gibson said. "Would we rather have David there? Of course, but we're going to be without him for sure, it looks like. We're going to have to reconfigure that. Other people have been preparing very hard."
Hernandez said he first felt pain a couple weeks ago. When it didn't improve, he started getting treatment from the team medical staff. He then said he noticed improvement.
"I even threw two days ago and it felt like it was getting better," Hernandez said.