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Pirates Top Prospect Tony Sanchez Out For Season

Bucs catching prospect Tony Sanchez is done for the year, Rob Biertempfel tweets:

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pirates prospect tony sanchez (broken jaw) told today he's out for rest of season. He'd hoped for late aug return.

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The minor league season is almost over by late August anyway, but this is still bad news. Sanchez had surgery on his jaw, and it's now wired shut. Not being able to eat solid food will make it tough for any athlete to stay in playing shape. Hopefully Sanchez, who had been having a nice year for Class A+ Bradenton, will recover in time to play in the Arizona Fall League, which is the top offseason showcase for prospects.

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