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Twins prospect Wander Javier to undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

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Twins shortstop prospect Wander Javier will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, per a report from La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune. The procedure has been scheduled for May 18, after which the 19-year-old infielder will be facing 6-9 months of recovery time.

Heading into the 2018 season, MLB Pipeline ranked Javier no. 5 among the club’s top prospects. His time in pro ball has been routinely hampered by injuries — a hamstring injury in 2016, followed by a shoulder issue in 2017 — but he still managed to persevere through 50 games at the rookie level, slashing a combined .301/.386/.497 with 23 extra-base hits and an .883 OPS in 210 plate appearances over the last two seasons.

The Twins aren’t hurting for depth at the moment; even with starting shortstop Jorge Polanco serving an 80-game PED suspension, they’ve been cruising along with Ehire Adrianza and Eduardo Escobar (and fellow top infield prospects Royce Lewis and Nick Gordon wait in the wings as well). Prior to his shoulder injury, meanwhile, Javier had yet to log a single at-bat above rookie-level ball. Should his recovery go as planned, he’s likely to make his next appearance during spring training in 2019 before continuing to work his way through the Twins’ system.

Braves minor leaguer Braxton Davidson fractures foot on walk-off homer in AFL Championship Game

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Braves minor league first baseman Braxton Davidson played the hero during the Arizona Fall League Championship Game on Saturday, but followed up his game-winning homer with what appeared to be a broken left foot.

Braxton had just lofted a 2-1 pitch from Nationals left-hander Taylor Guilbeau in the bottom of the 10th inning and was making his way around the bases when he started hopping on his right foot as he neared the plate. After being helped off the field, that the infielder was quickly taken to a local hospital for further examination, the results of which have yet to be made public.

The 22-year-old helped lift the Peoria Javelinas to their fifth AFL title and second since 2017. He went 2-for-5 with a single and home run in Saturday’s finale over the Salt River Rafters. During the regular season, he completed his third consecutive campaign in High-A and slashed .171/.281/.365 with a career-high 20 home runs and a .646 OPS through 481 plate appearances.