Marlins Pitcher To Have Shoulder Surgery

It's been a tough couple of years since this top Miami Marlins prospect made a short major league debut. Now 24-year-old right-hander Sixto Sanchez will be going under the knife. 

Sanchez will have a "right shoulder arthroscopic bursectomy" next week, and is expected to be back healthy in time for spring training. 

The RHP had once risen as high as the No. 6 prospect in all of baseball, but he's been beset by injuries since his 2020 debut. He had a 3.46 ERA in seven starts that season, with a 33:11 K/BB ratio. He ended up 7th in voting for NL Rookie of the Year.

This is the second straight year he'll be having surgery on the same shoulder. In July of 2021, surgeons went in to repair a small tear in the posterior capsule. He hasn't pitched again since then.

During his recovery this season, he began to feel pain once again during a simulated game, and now faces another procedure. 

He'll try once again to make it back to the Marlins' mound in 2023—for the first time in three years.

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