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Top Wander Javier News

  • Twins' Wander Javier: Returns to action

    Javier (quadriceps) will return to action at Low-A Cedar Rapids on Saturday.

    A torn labrum cost Javier the entirety of 2018, and a quad strain has kept him out of action thus far in 2019. He hit .299/.383/.471 in 41 games at the rookie-league level back in 2017.

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  • Twins' Wander Javier: Nearing game action

    Executive vice president Derek Falvey said Javier (quadriceps) should be cleared for game action "pretty soon," Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    Javier sustained the quad strain during spring training in mid-March and has yet to make his 2019 debut. The 20-year-old is expected to join Low-A Cedar Rapids when healthy. Javier missed all of 2018 with a torn labrum in his left shoulder, and slashed .299/.383/.471 at rookie ball in 2017.

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  • Twins' Wander Javier: Opens in extended ST

    Contrary to a previous report, Javier (quad) will begin the season in extended spring training, Jonathan Mayo of reports.

    He is on the mend from a mild quad strain, but will not be ready to go for the start of the Low-A season. Look for him to join Cedar Rapids in the coming weeks.

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  • Twins' Wander Javier: To open with Kernels

    Javier (quad) should be ready for the start of the season with Low-A Cedar Rapids, Jonathan Mayo of reports.

    A torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder erased his 2018 season, but his shoulder is fully healthy now. Additionally, while a quad injury limited him in camp, he is expected to break camp with the Kernels, rather than be held back in extended spring training. Javier has a ton of upside, but injuries have limited him since he signed for $4 million in 2015, so he could really use an injury-free 2019 campaign.

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  • Twins' Wander Javier: Exits with quad strain

    Javier left Friday's game against the Orioles with a right quad strain, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    The removal was described as precautionary, so it doesn't sound as though the injury is a significant one. The Twins will hope that's the case, as Javier missed considerable development time last season after undergoing season-ending shoulder surgery in May.

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  • Twins' Wander Javier: Will enter Grapefruit League lineup

    Javier (shoulder) will start at shortstop and hit ninth Thursday in the Twins' split-squad Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.

    With another exhibition game on tap Thursday versus the Orioles, the Twins will plunge from their minor-league ranks to fill out the two lineups. That clears the way for Javier, one of the organization's top prospects, to see some surprising late-spring action with the big club. Javier had previously appeared in four Grapefruit League games, with his availability verifying that he's made a full recovery from the season-ending shoulder surgery he required last May. The 20-year-old hasn't played above the rookie-ball level yet and will likely open the 2019 campaign with one of the Twins' short-season affiliates.

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  • Twins' Wander Javier: To undergo season-ending shoulder surgery

    Javier (shoulder) will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn labrum in his non-throwing shoulder next week, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    This is awful news for one of the top prospects in the Twins' organization as he'll have his age-19 season cut short due to a shoulder injury. Dr. James Andrews will perform the surgery and Javier is expected to be sidelined 6-to-9 months. According to Neal, Javier initially suffered the injury late in the 2017 season but tried to rest and rehab it before suffering a setback in spring training. The Twins still have strong shortstop depth from an organizational perspective with Royce Lewis and Nick Gordon waiting in the wings.

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  • Twins' Wander Javier: Sticking at extended spring training

    Javier will open the year in extended spring training,'s Jonathan Mayo reports.

    He dealt with a minor shoulder injury earlier in camp, and is not quite ready for a full-season assignment. Javier hit .299/.383/.471 with four home runs and four steals in 41 games in the Appalachian League last year, so from a skills standpoint, he is close to ready for Low-A. It's possible that the Twins will promote top prospect Royce Lewis to High-A in late April or early May with the intention of sending Javier to Low-A to take his spot at shortstop in a corresponding move.

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  • Twins' Wander Javier: Sidelined with shoulder injury

    Javier is being held out of minor-league games due to a left shoulder issue, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

    The issue isn't considered serious, though there are no MRI results to confirm this yet. Javier is still taking part in all baseball activities beside hitting, so it doesn't seem like he'll miss an extended period of time.

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  • Twins' Wander Javier: Strong start in Appy League

    Javier, 18, is hitting .303/.378/.424 with four doubles, two steals (on three attempts) and a 9:3 K:BB in 33 at-bats in the Appalachian League.

    He has yet to leave the yard for Elizabethton after hitting two home runs in nine games in the Dominican Summer League last year. However, as one of the youngest players in the Appy League, his start is still quite impressive. His dynasty-league stock could skyrocket with an impressive showing this year.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-1, 165 lbs
Birthplace: Bonao, DR
Age: 24
Experience: R
Bats/Throws: R, R