Miami will be without one hard-throwing reliever in 2016. Carter Capps will undergo season-ending Tommy John surgery, the organization announced Tuesday.
Capps underwent an MRI early last week, but the Marlins were waiting to determine how serious the injury was before considering adding external options. The club might now consider trading for a reliever.
Entering Spring Training, the Marlins have consistently said Capps would compete with A.J. Ramos for the starting closing job. However, it now appears Ramos, who is out with a calf injury, will be the club's closer.
Opening the season with Capps on the disabled list is a big blow for the Marlins, who do not have a notable amount of relief depth. Without Capps, the Marlins could turn to some of their depth or attempt to make a deal.
Capps spent time on the disabled list with an elbow injury last season.
Over 31.0 innings in 2015, Capps pitched to a 1.16 ERA. He only tossed 20.1 innings with the Marlins in 2014.