The Miami Marlins losing Jose Fernandez for the rest of the 2014 season and part of the 2015 season is a major blow to the team. Whatever slim chances the Marlins had at making a playoff run for the 2014 season are all but shot now, at least in my view.
Joe Frisaro, Marlins.com beat writer, recently wrote in his blog entry that he believes that the Marlins still have a shot at making a playoff run:
What the Marlins can do now that Fernandez is out is make every effort to remain in the National League East race. While, on paper, the Braves and Nationals have the makings to run away with the division, neither club has. And like Miami, both those clubs have flaws.
Frisaro goes onto mention that while the Marlins cannot replace Jose Fernandez, they could make a move for another big time pitcher, in order to keep the team near contention. The name Frisaro mentions that he’d like the Marlins to make a run at? Cubs starter Jeff Samardzija.
The Marlins have some attractive arms in their system that could be dangled. Save parting with Andrew Heaney, their No. 1 prospect, Miami would be wise to weigh what the Cubs would be asking.
While Frisaro is correct that Samardzija would help the Marlins accelerate their timeline to become a playoff contender, their chances this season are now going to sky rocket because of the addition of Samardzjia. Hitting is still a much bigger need the Marlins need to fill, in my estimation.
Miami Marlins starter Jose Fernandez has suffered an undisclosed elbow injury that may require Tommy John surgery. What are these things, and what might they mean for his future?
Jose Fernandez will undergo Tommy John surgery within the coming days after a second doctor confirmed the diagnosis of the first: a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow, sources said.
As Fernandez goes down, here’s a solution to arm injury epidemic | Sports Illustrated
The reaction has become a cliché. A young star pitcher blows out his elbow and his team can’t believe it because it treated him with kid gloves. This time it is Jose Fernandez, 21, of the Marlins who is shut down and his manager, Mike Redmond, who provided the stock disbelief.
Marlins not at fault for Fernandez injury | ESPN Insider
The Miami Marlins’ handling of Jose Fernandez was perfect, within the context of the conventional wisdom that had developed within Major League Baseball.
Here at Marlin Maniac:
Well, we all but knew this was coming. Sources are reporting to ESPN.com that Jose Fernandez has a torn ulnar collateral ligament in his pitching arm and will, in all likelihood, require Tommy John Surgery.
Another road game, another Miami Marlins loss. The Marlins dropped their 5th consecutive ballgame on Tuesday night, falling to the Los Angeles Dodgers behind ice cold bats and terrible defense. The loss ensured the Marlins a series loss to the Dodgers and dropped their road record to 3-15.