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David Hernandez likely needs Tommy John surgery

Mar 28, 2014, 11:45 AM EDT

David Hernandez AP

The latest pitcher headed for Tommy John elbow surgery is Diamondbacks reliever David Hernandez, who was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament.

Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reports that Hernandez will seek a second opinion, but surgery is likely and would cost him the entire season and perhaps some of 2015 as well.

Hernandez posted a career-worst 4.48 ERA last season thanks to serving up 10 homers in 62 innings, but his 66/24 K/BB ratio was very good, he had a combined 2.94 ERA in 2011 and 2012, and he posted a 2.16 ERA in eight appearances this spring.

Arizona has devoted a lot of money and resources to the bullpen under general manager Kevin Towers, so the Diamondbacks are relatively well-equipped to handle the loss of Hernandez, but he was slated to be a primary setup man for closer Addison Reed.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 28, 2014 at 11:49 AM

    Didi could fetch them a sweet setup man if need be. Now if only they had a few pitchers who could START a game they would be all set.

  2. banksatdixie - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:04 PM

    Guy looks like Gronkowski

  3. scoutsaysweitersisabust - Mar 28, 2014 at 12:56 PM

    Didn’t we cover this yesterday? :)
    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2014/03/27/rafael-furcals-comeback-will-begin-on-the-disabled-list/#comment-674992

  4. migoli - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:04 PM

    I would like to know how many his have needed TJ in the last 6 months…. It’s got to be way way above average

  5. baseballisboring - Mar 28, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Clearly his UCL wasn’t gritty enough. Cut him.

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