Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez suffered a double skull fracture and brain hematoma when he was struck by a boat last Friday while swimming off the eastern-central coast of his native Venezuela.
Sanchez remains in critical condition at a hospital in Carupano — hooked up to a breathing tube and ventilator — but there have been a few positive signs this week. From MLB.com’s Jesse Sanchez …
A CT scan on Sanchez, 20, revealed reduced swelling in the pitcher’s head and neck area on Wednesday afternoon, according to agent Rafa Nieves. The pitcher also moved his legs, Nieves said.
Sanchez may undergo another surgery on his skull Thursday and there’s talk of moving him to Caracas or maybe even the United States for further treatment. The right-hander spent the 2014 season at Double-A Jackson. He was ranked a Top 10 prospect in the Mariners’ system last year by Baseball America.