Twitter was abuzz on Monday night as Jose Fernandez became a trending topic. The reactions varied, but were generally supportive.
Some people predicted Tommy John for Jose:
Sprained elbow ligament -- what Marlins say Jose Fernandez has -- means it is stretched or torn. TJ almost inevitable, either now or later.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) May 12, 2014
People affiliated with other clubs offered their support and condolences:
Feel bad for @josefernandez77. I love watching him pitch. Here's hoping for a speedy recovery my man.— Chipper Jones (@RealCJ10) May 13, 2014
For sake of baseball, hope that #Marlins Jose Fernandez isn't TJ. Too special a talent, like Harvey. Hate to see them go down.— David O'Brien (@ajcbraves) May 12, 2014
Feeling for Jose Fernandez. Pure talent and fun to watch. #secondopinion— Peter Moylan (@PeterMoylan) May 13, 2014
Other people looked ahead:
With Jose Fernandez hurt, what should #Marlins do next? Should they pull the trigger on Andrew Heaney now?— Joe Frisaro (@JoeFrisaro) May 12, 2014
Thinking DeSclafani RT @Graczyk10: would marlins call up heaney if they lose Fernandez for the season— Juan C. Rodriguez (@JCRMarlinsbeat) May 13, 2014
Of course, people couldn't help but compare Jose to other noteworthy pitchers:
Both Matt Harvey and Jose Fernandez had exactly 36 career starts before blowing out their elbows.— David Branson (@obxleatherman) May 13, 2014
All of these injuries--Harvey, Fernandez, etc.--confirm what we already knew: Nolan Ryan just isn't of this world. 5386 innings, 5714 Ks.— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) May 13, 2014
But all in all, here's how most fans felt:
first Beyonce now Jose Fernandez I am going back to bed today is awful— Lana Berry (@Lana) May 12, 2014
Just filed on Jose Fernandez. Feel like punching a water cooler with my head. We just can't have nice things, can we?— Jay Jaffe (@jay_jaffe) May 13, 2014
LINKS TO ARTICLES ABOUT THE JOSE FERNANDEZ INJURY:
Miami Marlins: Ace Jose Fernandez shelved with right elbow sprain - Sun Sentinel
The initial diagnosis on ace Jose Fernandez is a right elbow sprain, but the Marlins anticipate Fernandez will require season-ending surgery, a source in contact with a team executive said. Before Monday's game at Dodger Stadium, manager Mike Redmond said the team was awaiting MRI results to determine the full extent of the injury.
Reports: Marlins' Jose Fernandez Faces Major Surgery | NBC 6 South Florida
The Miami Marlins have waited years for a star like Cuban pitcher Jose Fernandez to re-energize the franchise and the fan base. But, Fernandez's torrid start to his career looks like it is going to be derailed by season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Marlins place Jose Fernandez on disabled list with elbow strain - Amazin' Avenue
The young ace has been diagnosed with a right elbow sprain after receiving an MRI. Fernandez will undergo further testing, as the total extent of the injury is still unknown.
Jose Fernandez injury: Marlins' ace headed to DL, undergoing MRI - SBNation.com
The Marlins, and baseball fans in general, received some bad news on Monday afternoon. Fernandez is headed back to Miami.
Jose Fernandez elbow condition said to be 'worrisome' - CBSSports.com
Marlins young superstar pitcher Jose Fernandez was placed on the disabled list with what was described as an elbow "sprain," and sources close to the team suggest the injury is "worrisome."
Miami Marlins' Jose Fernandez could miss rest of season - Fish Stripes
Miami Marlins starter Jose Fernandez was placed on the disabled list on Monday night. Fernandez underwent an MRI in Los Angeles, and could need season-ending Tommy John surgery.
Are the Marlins doomed without Jose Fernandez? - SBNation.com
Now that Jose Fernandez is headed to the DL with an ominous elbow injury, are the Marlins doomed to mediocrity like we all expected?
Miami Marlins can win without Jose Fernandez - Fish Stripes
Miami Marlins starter Jose Fernandez was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Monday night. But with their pitching depth, the Marlins should be able to remain competitive.