Sixto Sanchez missed considerable time this season with an elbow injury. The Phillies were hoping he could recoup some innings by pitching in the Arizona Fall League but a sore collarbone, which arose during the Florida Instructional League, has made that impossible.
The soreness in Sanchez’ right collarbone is viewed as a setback from his recovery from the elbow soreness and the team’s medical officials don’t believe that it will delay his ability to pitch in spring training. It did set him back in preparing for the AFL, which is why the Phillies have yanked him from their contingent of players who joined the Scottsdale Scorpions for today’s start of the AFL season.
Sanchez, the top pitching prospect in the Phillies organization, showed no indications of an issue with his elbow and threw seven shutout innings for Clearwater before showing up to the ballpark the next day with tenderness in his right elbow. Tests showed that the injury could be rehabbed and that surgery was not necessary. Sanchez did not pitch again for the Threshers, but was throwing from a mound by late August. In all, he made eight starts with Clearwater and finished with a 4-3 record and a 2.51 ERA.
Coming into the season, Sanchez was ranked not only as the top pitching prospect in the organization, but as the best overall prospect on the PhillyBaseballInsider.com list of top prospects.