By Joe Christensen
Twins pitching prospect Jose Mijares, 23, broke his left elbow in a car crash early Sunday morning in Venezuela, requiring surgery, and could miss four to six months, General Manager Bill Smith said today.
A hard-throwing lefthander, Mijares is on the Twins’ 40-man roster and would have returned to spring training with the big league club next month. He went 5-3 with a 3.54 ERA in 46 appearances for Class AA New Britain last year and posted a 1.86 ERA in 37 appearances for Tigres de Aragua in the Venezuelan winter league.
“He’s made a lot of progress in the last year, and he was throwing the ball well in Venezuela,” Smith said. “It’s disappointing.”
The Twins have been told Mijares was in a one-car accident after falling asleep at the wheel. A female passenger was also injured in the crash. The team was told alcohol was not involved.
(Hat tip to Dianna at the DTFC Twins Minor League Forum for getting the scoop.)