Carter Capps missed some time last season due to elbow and forearm issues, but he was supposed to be healthy upon arrival to camp in 2016. Not too long after the Fish arrived at Roger Dean Stadium, however, news came out that Capps was undergoing an MRI. That was already disconcerting, but it only got worse when reports stated that he would look for a second opinion.
The hearts of Marlins fans around the country dropped when Dr. James Andrews was mentioned. Capps is visiting with the doctor made famous by Tommy John surgery and will receive his second opinion, presumably recommending either the surgery or extended rest. Either way, Capps won’t be back on the mound for a while — potentially 12-18 months if he needs to undergo the procedure.
Capps was expected to compete with incumbent closer A.J. Ramos for the ninth-inning role and would at worst be an excellent setup man, giving the Marlins a formidable 1-2 punch in the late innings.