A rough spring for elbows just got rougher: FoxSports.com's Ken Rosenthal reports that Diamondbacks reliever David Hernandez is likely facing Tommy John surgery to repair a torn UCL. An MRI revealed the tear, and if a follow-up MRI shows the same thing, then season-ending surgery will be the only option.
Hernandez, 28, was slated to be closer Addison Reed's primary right-handed setup man this season in Arizona. Hernandez is coming off a 2013 season in which he pitched to a 4.48 ERA and 2.75 K/BB ratio in 69 2/3 innings of work. From 2011-12, however, Hernandez logged a 2.94 ERA and 175 strikeouts in a combined 137 2/3 innings.
Assuming Hernandez is indeed done for 2014, then J.J. Putz will likely serve as the primary right-handed bridge to Reed, absent other moves.