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Volquez headed for Tommy John surgery. 2018 season in doubt.

Miami Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez is out for the season with a knee injury.
Miami Marlins pitcher Edinson Volquez is out for the season with a knee injury. dsantiago@elnuevoherald.com

The Marlins will be without veteran right-hander Edinson Volquez for the rest of this season and perhaps all of next.

The 34-year-old pitcher will undergo Tommy John surgery on Friday.

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Tuesday that a MRI revealed a tear of his ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow.

As a result, Volquez will undergo Tommy John surgery for the second time in his career. Volquez had the same surgery in 2009.

“It’s a devastating blow, no question,” Hill said.

The Marlins signed Volquez to a two-year, $22 million deal last winter. He’s owned $13 million next season.

Volquez was originally placed on the disabled list with an injured left knee following his July 5 start in St. Louis. But Hill said as he began throwing again, he experienced pain in his elbow.

“We brought him in to be a veteran stabilizer in this rotation, and to lose him with a knee was a big blow,” Hill said. “But now to know the elbow needs to be repaired is definitely difficult to deal with.”

Volquez lost his first seven decisions this season. But he won four of his past five, including throwing a no-hitter June 3 against Arizona. Hill said Volquez was “very disappointed, as we all are.”

The Marlins’ rotation was left reeling from the death last September of Jose Fernandez and has struggled all season. Wei-Yin Chen made only five starts before going on the DL with arm fatigue, Adam Conley and Tom Koehler were sent to the minors, and the staff has been the team’s weakness throughout the season.

The news involving Volquez wasn’t the only bad blow to the Marlins.

Rookie shortstop JT Riddle will also miss the rest of the season because of a left shoulder injury that will require surgery Aug. 11 to repair a torn labrum.

“It’s his non-throwing shoulder,” Hill said. “He’ll heal. He’ll be ready to go for spring training.”

The Marlins are also missing first baseman Justin Bour and third baseman Martin Prado with injuries.

Bour, who is out with an oblique injury, could return in anywhere from four to six weeks, Mattingly said. It’s even possible he might not make it back before the end of the season.

“It’s going to be a while,” Mattingly said.

Prado, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week, could be back in a few weeks.

“We expect to see Martin at some point before the year’s over,” Mattingly said.

Mattingly said Chen is throwing bullpens and could return before the end of the season.

The Marlins will be without their starting shortstop and their Opening Day starting pitcher for the rest of the season.

Manager Don Mattingly said Tuesday that both JT Riddle and Edinson Volquez won’t play again in 2017 because of injuries. Riddle is scheduled for surgery on Aug. 11 to repair a slap tear in his left shoulder.

The news isn’t much better for Volquez, who hurled the only no-hitter in the major leagues so far this season.

Volquez, who last pitched on July 5, received a second opinion on his injured left knee that left no doubt he would be able to pitch again this season.

“Not good at all,” Mattingly said of Volquez’s injured left knee, which might also require surgery. “He’s definitely out.”

Volquez, whom the Marlins signed to a two-year deal over the winter, is 4-8 with a 4.19 ERA in 17 starts. Volquez is due to make $13 million next season. Riddle, who displaced shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and prompted his trade to the Rays, hit .250 in 70 games. Riddle reinjured his left shoulder while making a diving play on July 19.

The Marlins are also missing first baseman Justin Bour and third baseman Martin Prado with injuries.

Bour, who is out with an oblique injury, could return in anywhere from four to six weeks, Mattingly said. It’s even possible he might not make it back before the end of the season.

“It’s going to be a while,” Mattingly said.

Prado, who underwent arthroscopic surgery on his right knee last week, could be back in a few weeks.

“We expect to see Martin at some point before the year’s over,” Mattingly said.

▪ Mattingly said Wei-Yin Chen, who has missed most of the season with left arm fatigue, is throwing bullpens and could return before the end of the season. Chen has made just five starts.

THIS AND THAT

▪ Giancarlo Stanton lost track of the count in Monday’s 1-0 loss to the Nationals, and the mental mistake potentially cost the Marlins a precious run in a tight outcome.

After Stanton walked in the first inning, he was thrown out easily after jogging to second on a 2-2 pitch to Christian Yelich that was called a ball. Stanton said he thought the count was 3-2 and Yelich had drawn a walk.

Yelich then popped out for the third out of the inning.

“You don’t like to do those mental mistakes, especially when the game turned out the way it did,” Stanton said. “You never know what can happen in that inning.”

▪ When Gio Gonzalez was lifted after Dee Gordon spoiled his no-hit bid with a leadoff single in the ninth, Stanton — who was due up next — gestured appreciatively to the Nationals pitcher.

It’s not something he would do normally.

But given the significance of the night, with emotions running high on what would have been Jose Fernandez’s 25th birthday, Stanton felt it appropriate.

Hialeah native Gonzalez was a friend of Fernandez’s.

“Just for the significance of the night, how much it meant to him and our team. That’s why,” Stanton said of his gesture. “Normally you don’t do that, especially coming in for a game-winning situation.”

COMING UP

▪ Wednesday: Marlins RHP Chris O’Grady (2-1, 3.68) vs. Washington Nationals RHP A.J. Cole (1-0, 1.50), 7:10 p.m., Marlins Park.

▪ Thursday: Off day.

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