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Injuries hitting Pirates prospects

Injuries hitting Pirates prospects

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ARLINGTON -- Pirates prospect Brock Holt will miss the remainder of 2010 after being diagnosed with a medial collateral ligament sprain and a meniscal tear in his left knee. Holt sustained the injury when he collided with a teammate trying to make a play in the field.

Holt is scheduled to have surgery, and the Pirates are optimistic that the surgeon will find the MCL to be intact. Regardless, Holt will have to wait six weeks post-surgery before he can put weight on the knee. It will then be a four-month process until he can return to full strength.

Holt, who was a ninth-round selection in the 2009 First-Year Player Draft, was hitting .351 with 12 doubles and 27 RBIs in 47 games with high Class A Bradenton before the injury. Though Holt played second base in college, the Pirates were using him primarily as a shortstop this year.

"[He has a] great feel for the game," general manager Neal Huntington said. "[He] makes a pitcher work. [He] has an understanding of the strike zone. [He] has an understanding of how to play the game. [He made a] very good initial impression his first full season out."

In other Minor League news:

• Bradenton catcher Tony Sanchez was taken to the hospital on Tuesday after being struck in the face by a pitch. A review of the CT scan showed that there might be two small fractures on the left side of Sanchez's jaw. According to Huntington, Sanchez was on his way to Tampa on Tuesday night to see if there would be a specialist immediately available to give a second opinion. The Pirates won't know if surgery will be necessary until after that visit.

Sanchez was the Pirates' first-round Draft pick in 2009. He had already missed time this month when he was struck in the head by a pitch and suffered concussion-like symptoms.

• High Class A right-hander Hunter Strickland has been sidelined with tightness in his throwing elbow. Strickland, who was acquired in the Adam LaRoche trade last July, is scheduled to undergo additional tests to determine the severity of the injury. Strickland made eight starts for low Class A West Virginia before being promoted to Bradenton. In four appearances for the Marauders, Strickland is 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA.

• Outfielder Cole White has rejoined the short-season State College Spikes after a near-two-year absence serving in the military. White was drafted in the 42nd round of the 2008 Draft after graduating from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. He became one of five players affected when the U.S. Army decided to require cadets pursuing professional sports careers to first complete two years of active duty. White left the Spikes on July 26, 2008, to do so.

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