Report: Miguel Sano done for winter; Byron Buxton's fall perhaps over
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The Arizona Fall League ends next week and the Dominican Winter League ends in late December. For two Twins top prospects, though, fall ball may already be finished.
Byron Buxton (strained left shoulder) may be finished for the Fall League, according to Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press. Also noted in the report, Miguel Sano (strained ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow) is certainly done for the winter, Twins director of minor league operations Brad Steil told the Pioneer Press.
He's been hurt since Oct. 19, but was shut down officially after a visit with Dr. James Andrews on Wednesday, the Pioneer Press reported. Sano, 20, played in just two games for Estrellas de Oriente in the winter league in the Dominican Republic.
From Berardino on Sano:
Andrews' diagnosis confirmed that of the Twins' medical staff, which examined Sano recently in the Twin Cities.
The UCL is known as the "Tommy John ligament," but there is no talk of surgery at this point. The hope is that Sano's elbow will recover with rest and he will be able to take part in a normal spring training; a non-roster invitation to big-league camp remains a distinct possibility.
Buxton, still just 19, hit .212/.288/.404 in 57 plate appearances for the Glendale Desert Dogs in the Arizona Fall League. He committed two errors in the field through 12 games.