Thursday, November 7, 2013

Miguel Angel Sano's winter ball season cut short by elbow injury

On the heels of a dispiriting 96-loss season in the American League, the Twins now feel the sting of injuries to two of the game’s premier prospects. The organization believes neither injury is serious, however.

Third baseman Miguel Sano won’t play the remainder of the Dominican League season because of a strained collateral ligament in his right elbow. He appeared in two games for the Estrellas and went 1-for-5 with four walks and two strikeouts. Sano stands as the top power-hitting prospect in the minors and ranked No. 3 on our midseason Top 50 update.

Sano flew back to Minnesota last week to be examined by team doctors, according to La Velle Neal of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, before then flying to Alabama to meet with Dr. James Andrews on Tuesday.

While that sounds ominous, Andrews agreed that with the Twins’ diagnosis that Sano, the No. 2 prospect in the Double-A Eastern League this year, has a strain but nothing more serious.

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