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Twins prospect Miguel Sano to undergo Tommy John surgery

Mar 1, 2014, 8:50 AM EDT

Twins Daily Reuters

Rough news for the Twins and their fans this morning, as Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that prospect infielder Miguel Sano will undergo Tommy John reconstructive surgery on his right elbow.

Sano dealt with elbow problems during winter ball and felt continued pain earlier this week while making a throw from third base. An MRI confirmed the torn elbow ligament. Sano turns 21 in May and was likely on track to make his major league debut later this year, but surgery will push that timetable back to 2015. The good news is that he’s still very young and the surgery has a high success rate.

Arguably the top power hitting prospect in the game, Sano slugged 35 home runs last season between High-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain. Baseball America recently ranked him as the No. 6 prospect in the sport.

  1. proudlycanadian - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    I wish him the best and a speedy recovery.

  2. paperlions - Mar 1, 2014 at 9:48 AM

    Well, that sucks donkey dong.

  3. johnnyhamer - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    As an O’s fan I feel for the guy and the fans. We’re watching Dylan Bundy recover. At least Sano isn’t a pitcher. Most likely he’ll be fine just hate to see a prospect’s progression slowed down by a year.

  4. garypagetwo - Mar 1, 2014 at 10:46 AM

    Twins suck

  5. schke - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:06 AM

    Twins screw up another one.

    • dondada10 - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:59 AM

      Because they left him in there too long to pitch? How can you blame the Twins?

      • schke - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:05 PM

        The MRI results they got yesterday were THE SAME as the one from November. With the Twins blessing, it was recommended he rest/rehab. It didn’t heal at all, as these elbow ligament’s don’t really do that. It took literally his FIRST Spring Training play for it flare up again.

        Weird how that works.

      • ezthinking - Mar 2, 2014 at 3:36 AM

        “The MRI results they got yesterday were THE SAME as the one from November.”

        Hmmmm… no it wasn’t.

        But like a leprechaun, if you catch a Smurf good luck will come your way. I know it’s cold in Minn. this time of year, but don’t let frozen buggers turn into a frozen brain.

    • schke - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:04 PM

      ezthinking….. YES, the MRI results were the same. Twins Ass. GM Antony said that Saturday morning. It looked literally the same. No healing, no nothing. Obviously, rehab/rest didn’t work so now it’s TJ surgery.

      From that article – “Antony added that Sano didn’t re-injure his elbow, as the MRI results were the same as from November. The elbow just didn’t get any better.”

      You’ve got some crow to eat.

  6. nvandy42 - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:38 AM

    It won’t affect his ability to hit, which was his ticket to the majors anyways. I like him at third and I believe he will be able to stay there. But worst case scenario is that he moves to first, Mayer moves to third. And when Mauer is slowing down, Amaurys Minier will most likely be pretty close if not ready. All this is going to be is a delay and a big bummer for people like myself who have been waiting for Sano to break through to the bigs. This year was stolen from us, but it’s just a wait. We didn’t lose anything but time.

    • happytwinsfan - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:02 PM

      i hope you’re right, but at the same time his youth makes me hopeful, i wonder why he’s having problems at such an early age.

      anybody know how this sort of injury occurs and what it might be symptomatic of?

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Mar 1, 2014 at 6:00 PM

        According to an interview given by Ron Darling (which I can’t find right now), its due to a bad throwing motion & bad landing at the end of the throw. the throw would come from the hand curled back as it grips the ball, palm perpendicular to the forearm in the beginning of the windup. The UCL takes almost all of the strain of pulling the ball through the throwing motion if you do that. Its also supposed to be hard on the shoulder. Then, as you land, if your front foot is closed off to the target (outside of the foot facing the target) with the leg straight and knee locked, the body and the arm are forced to come to a jarring stop. If you do the former and not the latter, the UCL likely frays over time. if you do the latter and not the former, the UCL might snap. If you do both, I think your arm falls off. I have no idea what Sano was doing to cause his issues, though

  7. happytwinsfan - Mar 1, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    twinsdom needs some good news this cold morning to off set the sano news, and i’ve been looking for an excuse to post this:

    i saw a report that before signing with the brewers garza turned down an offer of 3 years 42 mil with a vested 4th year of 13 mil if garza met some reasonable durability metrics in the first 3 years. garza apparently turned it down because he knew that he would get 4 years at about 52 guaranteed by the brewers.

    why is this good news? the twins made a substantial, competitive offer to one of this year’s top FA starting pitchers, and when getting him meant making a commitment which would be overall harmful to the franchise they resisted temptation. learning this has raised my overall estimation of their competence and financial will to compete.

  8. angrytwitterguy - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:22 PM

    “Miguel Sano”

  9. angrytwitterguy - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:25 PM

    Over-hyped liar who doesn’t make enough contact to be rated so highly. Not impressed in the least what he did the Single A pitching as a 22 year old

    • schke - Mar 1, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      That’s weird because he won’t be 22 for another year and a half.

      • angrytwitterguy - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:48 PM

        Know what’s weird?
        People who comment on things they have no clue about

      • angrytwitterguy - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:20 PM

        Know what else is weird?

        – How many people don’t know it was the Twins suggested that Melania Jean Sano had a child that died at birth and that Sano may be impersonating him in an attempt to appear younger.

        – That only 2 teams were interested in Sano as a FA because so many were convinced that he and his people were shady.

        – That Sano went from seeking a then record of 4.25 Million, but then dropped his price by 25% when he knew that they had failed at convincing the Pirates and Twins that he was being 100% truthful.

      • tuberippin - Mar 2, 2014 at 4:10 AM

        All I’m reading from you is hearsay, and not facts. Give some proof or STFU with your nonsense.

    • jwbiii - Mar 1, 2014 at 3:24 PM

      Sano was the third youngest position player in the FSL (Byron Buxton, Jake Hager). Then he was promoted to the Eastern League, where he was the youngest.

      • angrytwitterguy - Mar 1, 2014 at 4:47 PM


        You’re hilarious, you actually believe he’s 20 and his name is Miguel Sano.

        Minny didn’t believe it
        Pit didn’t either
        The bone graph density tests didn’t either
        He couldn’t prove to MLB that he was actually Miguel Sano, MLB just was unable to prove exactly who he was, it’s why he eventually signed for million less.

  10. schke - Mar 1, 2014 at 5:45 PM

    What’s weird, angrytwitterguy, is how you don’t/can’t/haven’t shown any of that to be true. I’d love a link.

    • jwbiii - Mar 1, 2014 at 6:34 PM

      Here’s something from Jeff Passan. It’s a long form piece.–sleazy-side-of-baseball-s-dominican-talent-pipeline.html

      The movie,Pelotero, is quite good. I watched it last off season for a baseball fix. The Sanos come across as believable, the Pirates’ scout does not. We will never know the truth. Everybody has an agenda and there is a lot of money in play.

  11. monkeyhateclean - Mar 1, 2014 at 6:46 PM

    Assuming his birth cert isn’t fabricated, best case, Sano will be a ready for AAA assignment when he’s 24 years old.

    24 is by no means old, but that’s still a lot of money invested in a prospect who has never tasted a 98 MPH fastball buzzing his tower. He’s not even a pitcher, and his throwing arm is already jacked?! Yeah, this will turn out well.

    Another massive gamble by the basement-dwelling Twinkies, one that will probably keep them there for the foreseeable future.

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