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Daniel Espino out at least a year with shoulder surgery

Cleveland Guardians news and notes for Thursday, May 4, 2023

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Hey, you seem like you’re having too much fun watching Cleveland Guardians baseball. Let me bring you down a notch.

Yesterday it was revealed that Cleveland’s top pitching prospect, and top overall prospect on most accounts, Daniel Espino is expected to miss at least 12-14 months following shoulder surgery. The 22-year-old hasn’t pitched in 2023, and last year he threw just 18.1 innings before being shut down with injuries.

Hopefully, this is just a long-overdue fix for a guy who can throw over 100 mph plagued by injuries. This certainly isn’t the end of the road, but there’s no way to sugarcoat how devastating losing a year of development is for a pitcher.

We wish him the best in his recovery.

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