Brewers' Manzanillo Faces Long Rehab After Accident

MILWAUKEE—The Brewers weren't going to complain about the shoulder injury that righthander Santo Manzanillo suffered in an auto accident in the Dominican Republic.

That's because the 22-year-old easily could have been killed.

Manzanillo, whose blazing fastball scrapes triple digits and helped him emerge as a prospect in 2011, swerved off the road as a truck cut him off in traffic. He had been driving from his home to the Brewers' new baseball academy in Ramon Santana, D.R.

Manzanillo's vehicle rolled over twice and, because he wasn't wearing a seat belt, he was ejected through the sunroof. He landed on his right shoulder, causing a slight separation as well as a fractured scapula to go with various lacerations and bruises.

Adding insult to injury, the first passersby to approach Manzanillo robbed him rather than call for help.

"It sounded horrendous," assistant general manager Gord Ash said. "He's lucky to be alive."

Because an MRI taken in Santo Domingo detected the possibility of more damage, the Brewers brought Manzanillo to the U.S. to be examined by team physician William Raasch. He determined that the injuries would heal without surgery, good news for the Brewers.

Manzanillo headed to the Brewers' training facility in Phoenix for physical rehab before returning home.

"He's going to miss spring training, but it's not career-threatening," Ash said.

Signed at age 16 in late 2005, Manzanillo endured a wild start to his career, walking an incredible 47 of the 114 batters he faced in the Rookie-level Arizona League in 2006. Wildness continued to be an issue, but the Brewers stuck with him because his fastball sometimes approached 100 mph.

Manzanillo finally broke through on the command front in 2011, dominating at high Class A Brevard County and Double-A Huntsville. He allowed just 44 hits and 26 walks (1.14 WHIP) while logging 62 strikeouts in 62 innings and converting 17 of 18 save opportunities.

The Brewers added him to the 40-man roster in November, believing he could advance quickly to the majors, but now the shoulder injury will slow his progress to a degree.


• The Brewers lost Double-A lefty Lucas Luetge to the Mariners in the major league phase of the Rule 5 draft. The 24-year-old limited Double-A lefties to a 18-for-103 (.175) showing with just three doubles.

• Milwaukee selected Double-A shortstop Domnit Bolivar from the Cardinals in the minor league Rule 5 draft, giving them the and experienced shortstop that they sorely lacked. He batted .276/.340/.427 with nine homers in 351 at-bats last season.