Friday, March 7, 2014

Miguel Angel Sano to undergo Tommy John surgery

Bothered for months by a sore elbow, Twins' No. 2 prospect Miguel Sano will undergo Tommy John surgery next week and is expected to miss the entire 2014 season.

The 20-year-old Haitian third baseman felt something in his right elbow Thursday after making a hurried throw during an intrasquad game in Fort Myers, Fla. He underwent an MRI that revealed a torn ulnar collateral ligament and will travel to the Twin Cities, where the procedure will be performed, reported.

"We knew the test was going to be when he had to make a pivot and turn a double play at second or like it bothered him when he came in on a slow roller and he made a strong throw to first," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. "That's when he said he felt it again. Up until then, every day [it was], 'Nope, don't feel it.'

"You start gaining some optimism and you get a little excited thinking maybe this is going to work out and he won't need [surgery]. But when something happens and he has a setback like that, you have to deal with it."

Recovery time for position players is roughly six months, meaning Sano likely will sit out what would have been his fourth season in the Minor Leagues.

"He's a little bummed out. He wants to play baseball," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told the newspaper. "But as I told him, you've just got to let [the doctors] take care of it."

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