Another day, another injury to the Arizona Diamondbacks’ pitching staff. Reliever David Hernandez was diagnosed with a torn ulnar collateral ligament (UCL), the same injury that knocked Patrick Corbin out for the 2014 season. The 28-year old Hernandez will be seeking a second opinion after being told of the injury by team physician Dr. Michael Lee, according to Steve Gilbert at mlb.com.
After a tough 2013, the hard-throwing righty was looking to regain his stature from two seasons ago when he was one of the premier relievers in the National League. Things were going well in Spring Training as Hernandez allowed only two earned runs in 8 1/3 innings. He was being counted on by the team as one of the main bridges in getting to closer Addison Reed. This means that both J.J. Putz and Will Harris will assume larger-than-expected roles in 2014.
Over the last 18 months, four D’back pitchers have been diagnosed with torn UCL’s. In addition to Corbin and Hernandez, Matt Reynolds and Daniel Hudson have been hit by the bug and have yet to pitch in a Major League game since their surgeries. We hope that this latest blow to Hernandez is some sort of false alarm.