Thursday, November 7, 2013

Top prospects shut down

The World Series is barely complete and free agency has just opened, but it appears that the winter baseball seasons for Byron Buxton and Miguel Sano are already over.

Buxton aggravated his strained shoulder, which kept him out of the Arizona Fall League for about a week earlier in the month. With just a week left in the AFL anyway, the centerfielder -- the No. 1 prospect in all of baseball by general consensus -- is unlikely to play again.

Sano appeared in just two games in the Dominican winter league, then injured his elbow. He returned to the states, was examined by the Twins doctors and then by the renowned Dr. James Andrews. The docs agree: Rest and rehab, no surgery.

I sometimes think, when looking at my Twitter feed and seeing a daily update of Buxton's or Sano's lines, that we wind up paying too much attention to the trees in this forest simply because we can. I'm not inclined to worry about these injuries. There's a long time to go between now and spring training, and the idea seems to be that rest will cure the ailments.

They're young, and they've been through a long minor league season (which, it must be granted, is shorter than a major league season). It's probably time for them both to have a break anyway.

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