La Velle E. Neal III has covered baseball for the Star Tribune since 1998 (the post-Knoblauch era). Born and raised in Chicago, he grew up following the White Sox and hating the Cubs. He attended both the University of Illinois and Illinois-Chicago and began his baseball writing career at the Kansas City Star. He can be heard occasionally on KFAN radio, lending his great baseball mind to Paul Allen and other hosts. Mark Rosen borrows him occasionally for WCCO-TV.

Sano cleared to begin throwing program

Posted by: La Velle E. Neal III Updated: July 7, 2014 - 3:47 PM

Third base prospect Miguel Sano, who is recovering from Tommy John surgery on his right elbow, has been cleared to begin a throwing program.

Sano was examined on Monday in New York by Dr. David Altchek, the specialist who preformed surgery on him during spring training.

"He said his right elbow now looks stronger than his left," said Rob Plummer, Sano's agent.

It's still unclear if Sano will be able to DH in late-season minor league games, but that's what the Twins are hoping for. Even if Sano is unable to play in minor league games, he'll be allowed to participate in offseason leagues like the Arizona Fall League and the Dominican Winter League.

Sano is scheduled to fly back to Fort Myers this evening and will begin his throwing program on Tuesday. He could be cleared to start swinging a bat next month.

Sano and Plummer were accompanied by the same film crew that produced the documentary, "Pelotero," that followed Sano's path to signing with the Twins out of the Dominican Republic. The crew is working on a sequel.

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