Gosh, practicing medicine over the internet is difficult!
I guess I'm not sure what the big deal is. Sano is not a pitcher.
Now if we were talking about a wrist problem...then I'd be worried. Or an amputation. :)
My bigger question would be, can Sano learn 1st base at the MLB level?
Mauer could play 3rd base right now. He takes hundreds of ground balls every spring at 3rd and doesn't miss. I was kind of surprised they didn't move him there and bring back Morneau. Sano is the reason he's at first.
Worry, worry, worry ...
A good third baseman is somewhat like a hybrid of quick reaction times and proper angles taken by a hockey and soccer goalie combined with a strong and quick-releasing arm, plus the familiarity and comfort of a catcher going both deep into foul territory to cover foul pops and pouncing on dead fair balls in the no man's land between third and home. No reason Mauer can't do this, and do it well.
The Sano situation should certainly give pause to the braintrust to fully consider their options in the intermediate and longer-term. Perhaps a reconsidertion of the Mauer-Plouffe platoon option with Mauer DHing against LHP? This of course would open up the spot at 1B, which invites speculation to more strongly reconsidering signing Kendrys Morales at First on a part time basis with Colabello (Morales is 103 OPS pts. better hitting left over right-handed and Morales very likely isn't up to playing in the field for 150+ games, although he did play 152 games at 1st for the Angels in 2009)....or considering the dreaded Parmelee/Colabello tandem.
With the Morales option, when Sano is finally here for good, he can fairly seamlessly slide into 1st with Morales DHing full-time, or if Sano is able with his arm, move Mauer back to 1st, Sano to 3rd, Morales still DHing full-time, Plouffe Super-UTIL. Solves some of the short-term offensive woes and doesn't obstruct the long-term offensive goals, either.
Sabermetrics may not benefit society, but it has changed the way we understand the game. It no longer suffices to rely on gut instinct alone. At the very least, we need to check these intuitions against data.
We have similar data science in medicine. Watson is a computer that is better than any human medical diagnostician because he can use the massive data stores on the Internet and superhuman reasoning power to more accurately diagnose patients, and provide treatment recommendations.
We are not Watson. But we can recognize patterns of faulty diagnoses and treatment. Perhaps ligament injuries are just difficult to diagnose and treat. But it sure seems like this org has struggled where other orgs have not as much. It deserves more study. I am writing this comment because I object to rejecting this study out of hand.
LaVelle is on for Paul Allen on KFAN this morning. In an interview with Terry Ryan, he asked about Sano. Paraphrasing the response:
Since arriving in Ft. Myers, he had some warts removed. He was checked out last month and right now he's having no pain. Everything is going as hoped. However, he has not yet started to throw, and that will start once his foot/feet heal up. At that point, they'll see if he can make the throws from 3B and know much more. Assumption is that he'll be just fine. But until he does that, can't be 100% certain.
Good news. Unless the training staff mis-diagnosed plantar fasciitis as plantar warts.
Talked with Sano this morning and asked about the elbow. It's good, no pain, and he started throwing today and will throw again tommorrow. So things are looking up.
interestingly, Sanó directly translated means "He healed"
We've got to keep this guy warm for Twins fest, so I gave him my gloves this morning. And.....besides a pet monkey, he's also got a dog.