LOS ANGELES (AP) — Miami Marlins ace Jose Fernandez was put on the 15-day disabled list Monday because of a sprained right elbow, spurring worries that his injury might be even more severe.
The 21-year-old Fernandez was the NL Rookie of the Year last season. He is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts this year.
Several young pitchers have recently had elbow problems and needed Tommy John surgery. Matt Harvey, Stephen Strasburg and Patrick Corbin are among the All-Stars who have had the ligament transplant operation that can take 12 to 18 months for recovery.
"That's probably what everyone is going to talk about and continue to talk about," Marlins manager Mike Redmond said before Monday night's game against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
"We've protected him. We've been consistent in how we've used him, with his workload. We've given him extra days. That's a question I don't think anybody has the answer to."
Fernandez had been scheduled to start Wednesday at Dodger Stadium.
"He definitely wasn't going to throw (Sunday's scheduled bullpen session at San Diego) with a sore arm. We're going to take every precaution necessary. He said he felt discomfort. So immediately, we're getting him the treatment and the rest he needs," Redmond said.