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Baseball

Arm surgery to idle Minnesota prospect

– Minnesota Twins slugging prospect Miguel Sano will have Tommy John surgery on his throwing arm and miss the 2014 season.

The 20-year-old third baseman had been trying to rehabilitate a strained ulnar collateral ligament in his right elbow. He was hurt in October while playing winter ball in his native Dominican Republic.

Twins doctors, along with orthopedic surgeon Dr. James Andrews, recommended rest for Sano in early November.

Despite making strides during a two-month throwing program, Sano reported pain in his elbow after making an off-balance throw during an intrasquad game. An MRI exam revealed a partially torn ligament.

The Twins said the surgery will likely take place this month.

8 more Tigers sign contracts

Detroit agreed to terms with eight players on contracts for the 2014 season: right-handers Melvin Mercedes and Bruce Rondon, left-handers Jose Alvarez and Ian Krol, catcher Bryan Holaday, and infielders Steve Lombardozzi, Francisco Martinez and Hernan Perez.

Detroit announced the moves Saturday. The Tigers now have every player on their 40-man roster under contract for the 2014 season.

Around the leagues

Masahiro Tanaka allowed two hits and struck out three over two scoreless innings in his first spring training game for the New York Yankees. …

Milwaukee relief pitcher Francisco Rodriguez, a Venezuelan, has reported to spring training after acquiring a work visa.

… New York Mets closer Bobby Parnell threw batting practice, facing batters for the first time since his 2013 season was cut short by a neck injury. …

Seattle manager Lloyd McClendon said it would be “hard pressed” for either Hisashi Iwakuma or Taijuan Walker to be in the Mariners rotation on opening day because of their injury setbacks.

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