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Jose Fernandez’s attorney says a prior, undetected injury led to his torn UCL

May 19, 2014, 9:43 AM EDT

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This is  . . . odd. The Miami Herald is reporting that Jose Fernandez’s attorney released a statement on Friday following Fernandez’s Tommy John surgery in which he claimed that a previous injury, not detected by the Marlins, led to Fernandez’s torn UCL and thus his surgery:

Jose Fernandez’s arm injury was precipitated by a chain reaction of events that began when a line drive struck him in the thigh in his next-to-last game, according to the pitcher’s friend and attorney.

That “prompted a completely unanticipated change in delivery which neither the staff nor his coaches could discern,” culminating in a “traumatic” arm injury when Fernandez pitched next on May 9 in San Diego, said his Tampa-based attorney, Ralph Fernandez, in a statement that was released Friday after the pitcher underwent Tommy John surgery in Los Angeles.

Clark Spencer of the Herald got quotes from Mike Redmond and other Marlins saying that no one noticed anything wrong with Fernandez’s mechanics and that Fernandez did not complain of any other injuries or discomfort. And that, if he had those things, he should have reported it to someone and the team would have dealt with it. Which, to me anyway, sounds pretty darn reasonable.

But put that aside for a second: why on Earth is a player having his lawyer issue statements like this? Statements containing phrasing that sounds like the sort of language lawyers put in complaints and things. Not that Fernandez is going to sue or anything — some lawyers can’t help themselves and always speak as if they’re drafting complaints — but it’s just really unusual to see this kind of stuff.

The lawyer says he released the statement “in order to reduce speculation.” In doing so, I believe he has achieved the exact opposite result.

  1. unclemosesgreen - May 19, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Don’t worry, he stayed at a Holiday Inn Express last night, so he can weigh in on anything until it wears off.

  2. clydeserra - May 19, 2014 at 9:56 AM

    I am sorry, his doctor said what? wait, you said “doctor,” right?

  3. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - May 19, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Doesn’t he know that he has a union that is going to stand up for him, just like they did for ARod?

  4. mf44srq - May 19, 2014 at 10:49 AM

    Sounds like prep work for a payout from Lloyd’s of London…

  5. unlost1 - May 19, 2014 at 11:03 AM

    nice try mr. lawyer

    • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 11:56 AM

      Ackcherley, as tries go, this one was pretty lame even by the standards of the most debased and relentlessly parasitic profession in America.

      • Old Gator - May 19, 2014 at 11:58 AM

        Coda: then again, if this leads to a successful lawsuit against Scrooge Mcloria – Buddha only knows how – more power to this honorable counsellor. Anything that contributes to hounding that bloodsucking cheapskate out of Macondo justifies its means.

        We’ll have this lawyer put up against the wall and tickled with peacock feathers after the revolution.

      • ezthinking - May 19, 2014 at 2:59 PM

        Parasites feed off healthy things. Lawyers are involved when things are broken or in dispute.

        Also, lawyers only have a job/task if a client walks into the office. Can’t file a suit without ‘standing.’ So at best your complaint is against society, not the legal profession where anyone who is harmed has a chance, not guarantee, at justice.

        It’s just something the country was founded on, so no big deal if you don’t get it. /s.

  6. Reflex - May 19, 2014 at 2:07 PM

    http://www.chrisoleary.com/projects/PitchingMechanics101/Essays/PitcherElbowInjuryEpidemic.html

    This was called this spring. The lawyer has no clue what he’s talking about.

  7. righthandofjustice - May 19, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Surprising? Me think not.

    The A-Rod drama have enlightened the sport players. It is their health they are talking about. Nobody should let the teams manipulate their medical records to improve revenue.

    A-Rod went for second medical opinion but he did not inform the Yankees. MLB said that was a violation. Then Ivan Nova and C.C Sabathia went through the proper procedure… Now, Jose Fernandez even came with his lawyer…

    Stay tuned, this can turn into the baseball version of NFL’s concussion class lawsuit.

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