Let’s look at the bright side; at least this wasn’t a concussion halfway through a season that drastically changed the career of an MVP. That really is the only bright side. Miguel Sano, the Twins number two prospect, will be out for the 2014 season after undergoing Tommy John surgery the team announced on Saturday morning.
It was earlier diagnosed that Sano had a strained UCL, but the Twins hoped that he could play through after rest and rehab of the strain. The 20-year-old felt something in his throwing elbow when he made a cross-body throw in the team’s intrasquad game on Thursday. This held him out of the Twins win over the Red Sox in their Grapefruit League opener and alarms were sounding across Twins Territory.
Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports that the MRI results were the same on Friday as they were in November when the elbow first started acting up. The Twins and Sano had hoped the elbow would get better, but it ultimately had not. It is planned for Sano to fly to the Twin Cities and have surgery next week, but no doctor has been announced.
Sano was projected to make his major league debut this season after playing in Single-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain in 2013. Another slight bright side, Sano will only be 21-years-old when spring training opens in 2015.