Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports that Twins general manager Terry Ryan said the team has not ruled out the surgery for Sano:
Asked if the Twins were confident Sano, 20, could avoid surgery on a problem that caused his Dominican Winter League season to end after two games in late October, Ryan expressed optimism but not certainty.
‘That would be our hope,’ Ryan said. ‘Right now we don’t think it is (going to require surgery), but I can’t tell you for sure until we crank him up a little more.’
Sano, age 20, was ranked number no. 3 among all prospects in MLB according to Baseball America last season. He was featured in an August 2013 Sports Illustrated article with fellow Twins farmhand Byron Buxton, with the tag to the article being: “Imagine having the next Bryce Harper or Mike Trout in your system – then imagine having them both.”
The Twins likely will not contend in 2013, so one can imagine that caution will be their route of choice of Sano’s health does not improve between now and Spring Training.