Miguel Sano to have his elbow examined today

FORT MYERS, Fla. — Top prospect Miguel Sano was originally on the list to play in today’s Grapefruit League opener against the Red Sox, but was a late scratch, and now we know why.

Sano felt something in his right elbow while making a throw in yesterday’s intrasquad game, and is scheduled to have his elbow checked this afternoon.

Sano, who was diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his throwing elbow this offseason, was cleared to throw heading into camp. He didn’t have any issues until Thursday, when he had to make a throw across his body on a slow grounder hit by catcher Kurt Suzuki.

The Twins remain hopeful the injury isn’t serious but won’t know more until Sano gets his elbow checked out on Friday. Sano is currently ranked as the No. 4 overall prospect by MLB.com

“He made that throw coming in off-balance and he had a little bit of soreness and will get it checked out this afternoon,” Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. “When he came into the dugout, they asked him because that was one of the throws we were going to keep an eye on. You can do it in workouts all you want but until you get into game action and react and make a play. They asked him how it felt, and he said, ‘I felt it a little bit on that one.’ So they took him out of the game and he came in today was still a little sore.”

Antony added the Twins hoped Sano’s elbow issue wouldn’t flare up this spring but now that it has, they’re doing their due diligence to get it checked out.

“It’s not anything that’s a complete utter shock,” Antony said. “But unfortunately he felt a little something and we have to check it out and see where it’s at. They’ll take a look at it and see how it is, and we might have to make a decision sooner or later.”

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