The Los Angeles Dodgers have dodged the proverbial bullet on Wednesday after it was announced that right-hander Jose Fernandez would be going on the disabled list and would need Tommy John surgery before his scheduled start against the team.
In the end, it did not matter who was on the mound that night as the Dodgers fell 13-3 to the Marlins. Well, now it appears that the Dodgers had more to do with Fernandez injury than one would think.
According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, Dee Gordon may have reason to do with the injury:
Jose Fernandez’s arm injury was precipitated by a chain reaction of events that began when a line drive struck him in the thigh in his next-to-last game, according to the pitcher’s friend and attorney.
That line drive came in Fernandez’s start against the Dodgers in Miami and off the bat of second baseman Dee Gordon. Fernandez remained in the game and had a no-decision in a game that the Marlins won in the bottom of the ninth after Yasiel Puig’s leaping attempt at a ball fell short.
While many could refute the report and Fernandez did go on to pitch another game in San Diego, it appears that Gordon could have been the catalyst for the fall of one of the game’s top pitchers. The story does not have much to do with the Dodgers, or even Gordon for that matter, but it is interesting to see that Fernandez would go to his attorney before going to his coaching staff.
Gordon has terrorized opposing pitchers all season and will try and continue to do so.
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