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Saturday, March 01, 2014

Miguel Sano to have Tommy John surgery

Miguel Sano’s worst fears came true on Saturday morning.

The highly-touted third base prospects has a tear in his ulnar collateral ligament and will need Tommy John surgery. Sano will fly to Minnesota next week to have the surgery.

Sano was injured during Thursday’s intrasquad game when he rushed a throw to retire Kurt Suzuki.

The ordeal goes back to the minor league season, when the elbow bothered him while he played for Class AA New Britain. It continued to bother him while he played for Estrellas of the Dominican Winter League, and the decision was made for him to rest for two weeks. He tired to throw after that and still in problems so, during the first week of November, the decision was made to shut him down for the remainder of the winter ball season because of the strained UCL.

...The Twins were careful with Sano in some throwing drills. But he passed all the tests and was given the green light to play. He could go through all the drills he wanted but the real test would come during game action when he would have to make throws from different angels.

It didn’t take long for him to be tested, as he had to hurry to make the play on Suzuki.

Tommy John rehab for position players isn’t as extensive as pitchers, but indications are that Sano’s season could be over.

Thanks to Los.

Repoz Posted: March 01, 2014 at 10:06 AM | 27 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: March 01, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4664438)
The Twins seem pretty snake-bit at this point. I mean their crappiness has been mainly a result of poor and cheap management but there have been a few really bad injuries.
   2. RoyalsRetro (AG#1F) Posted: March 01, 2014 at 11:27 AM (#4664458)
Who else has been hurt?
   3. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: March 01, 2014 at 11:50 AM (#4664465)
I was thinking of Morneau's concussions which essentially have ended his career and Mauer's sundry issues, although he did play a full season last year.
   4. Tom Nawrocki Posted: March 01, 2014 at 11:59 AM (#4664470)
I was thinking of Morneau's concussions which essentially have ended his career


The Rockies have Morneau penciled in as their full-time first baseman this year.
   5. Avoid running at all times.-S. Paige Posted: March 01, 2014 at 12:05 PM (#4664471)
Oh I know, Tom, I'm speaking metaphorically. He's not the same player he was, I guess is what I mean. Seems a unfortunate turn of events.
   6. Bitter Mouse Posted: March 01, 2014 at 12:21 PM (#4664478)
:(
   7. ellsbury my heart at wounded knee Posted: March 01, 2014 at 12:50 PM (#4664499)
Oh man, that really sucks. At least Tommy John isn't quite as serious for position players. Hopefully it doesn't derail his career too much. He looks like he could be a pretty special player.
   8. greenback wants the dh Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:23 PM (#4664517)
Miguel Sano’s worst fears came true on Saturday morning.

I'm surprised Rene Gayo was at the doctor's office.
   9. Pasta-diving Jeter (jmac66) Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:25 PM (#4664519)
At least Tommy John isn't quite as serious for position players.

my first thought was wondering if it would affect his swing as well as his throwing. Unfortunately, the TJS wiki page lists only Shin Soo-Choo as significant position players who had the surgery, and it didn't seems to affect his offense.

That's an n of 1, of course
   10. greenback wants the dh Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:27 PM (#4664521)
Tony Womack had TJS before his 2004 season, which happened to be the one decent season in his career.
   11. flournoy Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:36 PM (#4664524)
Kelly Johnson had Tommy John surgery in 2006. Rafael Furcal had it last year. I know there have been a slew of others, but I'm drawing a blank as to who else.
   12. Pops Freshenmeyer Posted: March 01, 2014 at 01:51 PM (#4664531)
Carl Crawford had the surgery in 2012. Hard to draw much of a conclusion there, however.
   13. Sleepy supports unauthorized rambling Posted: March 01, 2014 at 02:06 PM (#4664541)
Beyond the box score has a pretty big list of players (488) who had the surgery. Many are minor leaguers, but there are some names I didn't know on the hitters list as well, including Matt Holliday (back in 2001), Dustin Ackley, Zach Cozart, Luke Scott, Xavier Nady (twice) and of course Rick Ankiel. I thought Scott Rolen had it too, but he's not on the list.

Just eyeballing it with B-R, I wasn't able to tell much of a before-after difference. Of course many of those players are marginal to begin with.
   14. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 01, 2014 at 02:29 PM (#4664550)
Xavier Nady (twice)


This bears repeating.
   15. Jose Is The Most Absurd Thing on the Site Posted: March 01, 2014 at 02:50 PM (#4664560)
Rocco Baldelli had TJS at one point I believe. I think it was around 2008/2009.
   16. Bug Selig Posted: March 01, 2014 at 03:32 PM (#4664581)
It's too bad this didn't surface last year so he could be six months further into his recovery.
   17. Jim Wisinski Posted: March 01, 2014 at 03:36 PM (#4664586)
Rocco Baldelli had TJS at one point I believe. I think it was around 2008/2009.


2005. He tore his ACL in the offseason playing t-ball with his little brother and then as he was making his way back his arm exploded.
   18. eddieot Posted: March 01, 2014 at 08:10 PM (#4664705)
Well that sucks.
   19. The Yankee Clapper Posted: March 01, 2014 at 08:10 PM (#4664706)
He tired to throw after that and still in problems so . . .

This is the leading newspaper in Minnesota? Even now, more than 12 hours after it was posted, it hasn't been corrected.
   20. PASTE Thinks This Trout Kid Might Be OK (Zeth) Posted: March 02, 2014 at 12:12 AM (#4664754)
What surgery hasn't Rocco Baldelli had?
   21. Jason Michael(s) Bourn Identity Crisis Posted: March 02, 2014 at 08:23 AM (#4664775)
Mike Aviles had TJS, and it doesn't appear to have affected him long-term.
   22. cercopithecus aethiops Posted: March 02, 2014 at 08:34 AM (#4664777)
What surgery hasn't Rocco Baldelli had?


Nick Johnson-ectomy? Exorcism?
   23. Crispix reaches boiling point with lackluster play Posted: March 02, 2014 at 11:15 AM (#4664817)
Exorcism is considered a non-invasive procedure, so it wouldn't count.
   24. Bring Me the Head of Alfredo Griffin (Vlad) Posted: March 03, 2014 at 09:22 AM (#4665232)
What surgery hasn't Rocco Baldelli had?


Spay/neuter?
   25. CFBF Is A Golden Spider Duck Posted: March 03, 2014 at 10:14 AM (#4665261)
Do I remember Carlos Quentin needing Tommy John surgery and playing through the injury in the College World Series? I have this vague recollection of him basically shoveling the ball in from the outfield.
   26. DL from MN Posted: March 03, 2014 at 10:36 AM (#4665285)
The St. Paul paper mentioned that Molitor had to have TJ and he turned out okay
   27. Davo's Favorite Actor Is Not Liam Cunningham Posted: March 03, 2014 at 10:46 AM (#4665291)
Good news for Trevor Plouffe fans!

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