MLB Storylines: Could Sano be headed for Tommy John?
- Miguel Sano, a top prospect of the Twins organization and a consesus top five prospect in all of minor league baseball, is headed for an MRI after suffering an injury to his throwing elbow. His agent, Rob Plummer, tells Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press that he fears the worst -- a torn UCL. Plummer made clear, however, that nothing is yet known for certain. Rehab is always an option, though the Twins and Sano had already consideredTommy John surgery after Sano strained the ligament over the winter.
- Peter Gammons of GammonsDaily.com reflected on Justin Masteron's recent comments about reaching an extension with the Indians. Gammons stated that it may be a hard reach in reality. A GM told Gammons that the two top starters most likely to be truly available on the open market next offseason are Masterson and James Shields. Gammons suggested further that looking ahead to the potential pay-day he could land, Masterson may be forced to choose between playing in Cleveland and earning market value.
- According to Jordan Bastian of MLB.com, at the suggestion of pitching coach Mickey Callaway, Carrasco has worked on raising his lead arm higher in his throwing motion with the idea of creating more deception and pounding the lower half of the strike zone more consistently.
- Manager Terry Francona announced that first baseman Nick Swisher will make his Cactus League debut on Sunday.
News and Notes:
- The same GM who talked to Gammons about Masterson also told him that it was likely that Max Scherzerwould stay with the Tigers.
- The Orioles organization suffered a major loss as PR director Monica Pence Barlow passed away at just 36 years of age after a long battle with cancer.
- The Mariners announced that Taijuan Walker will be shut down for the next week due to shoulder inflammation, but it's just precautionary.
- Bill Shaikin of the L.A. Times reported that the Angels aren't committed to carrying a long reliever in their bullpen, and as such they could trade or release Joe Blanton prior to Opening Day.
- Gordon Whittenmeyer of the Chicago Sun-Times reported that the trade talks surrounding Cubs ace Jeff Samardzija doesn't bother the pitcher, but instead simply puts a chip on his shoulder when he pitches. Wittenmyer wrote that the Blue Jays and D'Backs have shown interest in Samardzija this winter, and an executive from a third team called the 29-year-old a "monster in the making."
This sucks. You hate to see any player hurt, but not having one of the top prospects in all of baseball is just a real downer.