I just read a report on Yahoo! Sports and on Anthony Castrovince’s Tribe Blog, CastroTurf, that two Indians prospects went under the knife today. Carlos Santana who I reported last week will miss the rest of Winter Ball because of the flu, will now miss the rest of it and the next 2 and a half months because of surgery to remove a broken bone form his hand. This definitely puts any chance of him making the opening day roster to rest. I for one was hoping he would come to Spring Training and take the job, especially after the trade of Kelly Shoppach. What this means for the Tribe and Santana, is that Santana, who will be ready to go by the end of February most likely, will start the year off in Columbus. Hopefully he recovers quickly from the surgery and has no more setbacks. Castrovince reports that new Tribe Skipper Manny Acta is not worried about this, and does not call it a setback for Santana, he is “thankful it was discovered this early” and went on to say that the only downfall ishe wasn’t able to get some playing time in winter ball and make some improvements in certain areas that we wanted him to make.”
Adam Miller’s once incredibly bright future with the Tribe could very well be coming to an end. Miller is having yet another surgery, while trying to rehab from his operation this past year to stabilize the flexor tendon in his right middle finger. However, this latest surgery puts him in a very tough spot and the team is unsure of whether or not he will ever return to baseball activities, and are putting no timetable on a possible return.
As more is reported on the two operations we will have more for you. Both of us hope that Miller is able to recover, this sort of bad luck is nothing you ever want to see a player go through.