Report: D-backs' David Hernandez likely facing Tommy John surgery

Regarding the elbow of David Hernandez, the news is not good. (USATSI)
Regarding the elbow of David Hernandez, the news is not good. (USATSI)

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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. 

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