Tommy John surgery has already taken several high-profile pitchers this year, including Kris Medlen, Jarrod Parker, Matt Moore, Patrick Corbin, and Bobby Parnell. But the biggest name soon could be the 2013 National League Rookie of the Year winner Jose Fernandez. Fernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list Monday with a right elbow sprain and the Marlins are expecting that he'll require season-ending surgery. While details are still emerging regarding the extent of Fernandez's injury, the early indications from the Marlins continue to point toward Tommy John surgery as the first diagnosis from the team was a right elbow sprain. Fernandez, 21, is 4-2 with a 2.44 ERA in eight starts this season. He leads all of the majors with 70 strikeouts. It just keeps getting worse as Tommy John surgery is quickly becoming an epidemic. So many young aces are going under the knife and its unfortunate. Everyone is trying to figure out why so many pitchers are getting injured, but at this point there are no answers.
MLB NEWS & NOTES
Felix Hernandez allowed four runs Monday to the Rays, but all the runs came in the seventh inning with the Mariners holding a nine-run lead. Hernandez improved his record to 4-1 in a 12-5 victory. King Felix was spectacular for six shutout frames until unraveling in the seventh. He has a nice match-up in his next start with a trip to Minnesota scheduled on Sunday.
- Major League Baseball will review an incident in Monday's game between the Tigers and the Orioles during which third-base umpire Paul Nauert briefly put his hand on Torii Hunter's face during a benches-clearing altercation. Major league players are subject to suspension if they touch an umpire. It's doubtful Nauert will be suspended because of Hunter's comments after the game that he felt the umpire was trying to help him from getting into an altercation with Bud Norris.
Alfonso Soriano hit his 1,000th American League hit on Monday night and by doing that he became the seventh player in Major League history to collect 1,000 hits in both leagues. With the hit, Soriano joined a group that includes Hall of Famers Frank Robinson and Dave Winfield, as well as Vladimir Guerrero, Fred McGriff, Orlando Cabrera and Carlos Lee.
- The Chicago Cubs have struggled to score runs for the past two years and the beginning of this season. The Cubs rank in the bottom half of every offensive category in the National League, but on Monday night the scored 17 runs and had 20 hits. In the just-completed three-game series in Atlanta, the Cubs scored a total of four runs in three games.
Junior Lake had a three-run homer and two doubles and six RBI as the Cubs destroyed the Cardinals 17-5 on Monday in St. Louis. Lake's big night almost doubled his season total in RBI as he had eight RBI in his previous 92 at-bats. He topped his previous career high for RBI by two. He's the Cubs' best outfielder for fantasy purposes right now, though that's not saying a whole lot.
Jesse Chavez turned in eight solid innings on Monday night as he gave up two runs on five hits with seven strikeouts in a 5-4 win over the White Sox. Chavez rebounded from a lackluster effort last week versus the Mariners, but he looked strong Monday night. Chavez is the proud owner of a 3-1 record with a 2.44 ERA and remains one of the biggest surprises of 2014.
Tim Lincecum (3-2) turned in his best outing of the season Monday as he pitched seven-plus innings while giving up just one run on two hits and striking out a season-high 11 batters in the win over the Braves. Monday's start lowers his ERA under 5.00 for the first time this season. Lincecum's next start will take place this Saturday against the Marlins, who are also prone to the strikeout.