Brewers’ Manzanillo may need surgery

Brewers pitching prospect Santo Manzanillo will probably miss Spring Training because of a right shoulder injury suffered in a scary car accident in the Dominican Republic, a club official said Monday.

Manzanillo was driving to the Brewers’ new baseball academy early on the morning of Nov. 29 when, according to information passed along to the Brewers, he swerved to avoid a truck, rolled his Hummer and was ejected through the sunroof. Adding insult to injury, Manzanillo was robbed of his belongings while he lay injured, assistant general manager Gord Ash said.

Of more concern is his injury, which the Brewers have termed a sprained right shoulder. Manzanillo underwent an MRI scan in Santo Domingo that was sent to the U.S. for analysis.

“We saw enough on it that he’s going to need to come and see Dr. [William] Raasch,” Ash said, referring to the Brewers’ head physician. That appointment is set for Thursday.

It appears Manzanillo has a fractured right shoulder blade and needs a surgical fix to his shoulder that would sideline him through the end of Spring Training. That’s especially bad news considering he was just added to the Brewers’ 40-man roster last month, and would have had an opportunity to impress coaches in his first big league camp.


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