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#1 Parker Hageman

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:24 PM

If it weren’t for bad luck, Miguel Sano might not have any luck at all.

The Minnesota Twins announced that their starting third base has undergone a debridement procedure on his lower Achilles to clean and repair the wound which he suffered in the Dominican Republic before spring training.

As such the Twins will be without Sano's services on Opening Day.According to the Twins' Executive Vice President and Chief Baseball Officer, Derek Falvey, Sano was flown back to Minnesota on Monday to have his wound readdressed by doctors at the Mayo Clinic.

“He’s out of the picture right now for Opening Day, that’s the most noteworthy piece,” said Falvey. "This was the right step to proceed, to have the healing going a little more the way we had hoped, we’re looking at baseball activity again in the middle of April.”

Factor in a rehab stint and the Twins are projecting an early May return.

The procedure, performed by Dr. Nho Tran at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, will keep Sano off his feet for several days at which point he will be placed in a hard cast to restrict movement. When that is removed, if the healing has progressed, he will return to the walking boot for another week. In all, he could be back on the field and going through an abbreviated spring training process by early April.

Sano initially cut his foot while celebrating his team's Dominican Winter League championship in San Pedro de Macoris.

"The entire town came out. [At the stage], the president of the team called every player up, one by one, to say thank you for the support," Sano told the Star Tribune. "Someone dropped liquid on the stage, someone else slipped, that person pushed me, I slipped down the starts and I caught my [heel] on them."

The initial wound, which required stitches, eventually had a low grade infection that the Twins treated.

The area around the wound, which was more of a blunt cut than a clean one, is taut and the movement prior to the placement of the walking boot damaged the sutures from the stress. At that time, the Twins medical staff consulted numerous specialists and determined that the best course of action was to reinsert sutures, attack it aggressively with treatment, and wait to see how it responded. Reassessed after ten days and not seeing the results they desired, the team's medical staff felt that it was in Sano's best interest to clean and close the wound again.

During this process, the Twins have been pleased with the amount of work Sano has continued to put in despite being limited in a boot. He has spent significant time in the weight room.

"I saw him sweating more frequently than I thought I would given that he’s wearing a boot," Falvey said.

"There is not a disappointment in anything about Miguel," manager Rocco Baldelli said. "There’s more of a disappointment for him, I actually feel bad that he’s dealing with what he’s dealing with."

With a stint on the injury list, it is likely that Marwin Gonzalez will go forward as the team's Opening Day starting third baseman.

"I think we said when we signed Marwin, one of the benefits to having Marwin is that he will play multiple positions and fill for you if there is an issue in one spot," said Falvey. "This is an issue in one spot right now.”

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:29 PM

This is just plain bad luck, hopefully there are no other setbacks.

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#3 Battle ur tail off

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:32 PM

 

This is just plain bad luck, hopefully there are no other setbacks.

 

No it's not. It was either a lie to what really happened, or it has been treated by a 3rd world doctor. There isn't any cut you could make that would have a player out that long. 

 

Maybe he sliced his achilles tendon. That would make more sense. A cut on the heel though? Yah right.

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:32 PM

This season is going to suck, isn't it?

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:34 PM

Why wasn't this taken care of in, I don't know, February?
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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:36 PM

 

Why wasn't this taken care of in, I don't know, February?

 

Exactly. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The medical staff for this club has to be the worst in professional sports. 

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:49 PM

 

Exactly. The more things change, the more they stay the same. The medical staff for this club has to be the worst in professional sports. 

Part of this has to be put on the patient as well. The medical staff can only do so much if there's a lack of communication. If he's not telling them that he thinks something is wrong then that's on him. Not giving a pass to the medical staff but Sano does deserve some of the blame for this.

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:49 PM

I was going to say "Unbelievable!"...but the more I think about it, I should say "Expected!".

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:56 PM

 

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Please stop with the unsubstantiated accusations of malpractice and conspiracies. We already did this once upon the original news of the cut, let's not do it again.

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:58 PM

On the bright side, it just got a lot more likely that Astudillo will break camp with the big club....?

 

Bad luck or not, even the most ardent Sano supporters have got to be on their last ounce of patience now. It's a shame. We've been waiting for years to see what kind of numbers Sano could put up in a full season. Guess we'll have to wait another season to find out.

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 01:59 PM

You say bad luck for Sano. I say good luck for the Twins. Let’s quit putting our hopes on a Chris carter, Mark Reynolds type. Time for Marwin and Astudillo to shine.
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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:02 PM

Huh. 

 

Least surprising news of the spring.

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:10 PM

 

No it's not. It was either a lie to what really happened, or it has been treated by a 3rd world doctor. There isn't any cut you could make that would have a player out that long. 

 

Maybe he sliced his achilles tendon. That would make more sense. A cut on the heel though? Yah right.

 

The area is just above the heel, closer to the achilles. The team's trainer said that the initial closure performed in the Dominican appeared to be good (the medical staff were sent images of that work). The Twins did not have a concern at that point but without something immobilizing his foot, he eventually reopened it. 

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:14 PM

It's on Sano, he is either fat and out of shape, or backing into a cop, or allegedly assaulting a woman.There are too many problems with him.Time to grow up big boy!I want people who want to be professionals on this club not those who are children!

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:15 PM

Breaking News

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:21 PM

The Sano pile-on doesn't need any help from me.

 

But that Marwin Gonzalez signing looks absolutely brilliant right now. I'm guessing the Twins knew exactly how bad that heel was when they added Marwin to the roster. Great move. I suspect one of the reasons the injury was downplayed in the media was so that the Twins could sign Marwin and save a few bucks while they were at it. A bad injury and a blow to the morale for sure - but very savvy handling by the front office.

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:23 PM

Lower achilles sounds scary. As a past critic, I do feel bad for Sano. By all accounts he committed himself to the process this offseason and I really felt like he was going to come in with a chip on his shoulder and start to play to his potential, so let's hope this is just a minor setback.

 

Sure would be nice to have that Escobar guy to just step in and be productive... 

 

Go get em Marwin! (and of course, Astudillo)

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:24 PM

GOOD.GRIEF.  


#19 bobs

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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:25 PM

They may be better off with Gonzalez anyway?  


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Posted 05 March 2019 - 02:31 PM

Not in the camp that thinks we are better off with Marwin. But willing to see a silver lining in that Astudillo gets an extended audition.

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