A year ago, Twins prospect Alex Wimmers (No. 15 on the Twins' Top 20
went through quite an ordeal. The 2010 first-rounder completely lost the strike zone and was shut down after just one start. To his credit, he fought his way back and finished the year strongly, with seven innings of no-hit ball to conclude the 2011 season.
There were high hopes he could continue his path to the big leagues as an advanced college arm, moving up to Double-A New Britain to start the year. But after just one start, he was sidelined with an elbow strain and put on the disabled list.
For now, surgery is not being prescribed. According to Twins farm director Jim Rantz, Wimmers is in Fort Myers, Fla., doing exercises to keep his shoulder strong while on a strict non-throwing program for four weeks. There's no timetable for a return to the mound for Wimmers as of yet, as the Twins want to see how the rehab program goes first.
No. 16 prospect Manuel Soliman is also on the DL, though he didn't have to go as far to rehab. He began the year as a part of the Fort Myers rotation in the Florida State League, getting shut down with a sore shoulder. An MRI revealed no damage, and he's expected to begin a throwing program and be ready to return in about three weeks.
Injury notes: Pirates outfield prospect Josh Bell had knee surgery to repair his meniscus a week ago and will rehab in Bradenton, Fla., with the hope of returning to action before the season is over. ... A partially torn nail on his right middle finger has landed Mets pitching prospect Zack Wheeler on the DL. This is the second time a fingernail issue has shelved Wheeler. He missed a month and half of the 2010 season while with the Giants organization. ... Rays outfield prospect Brandon Guyer is on the disabled list with a sprained left ankle, while Rockies outfield prospect Charlie Blackmon has been shelved with turf toe on his left foot.