Updated (6:23 p.m.) — Here’s an updated report out of Venezuela from Marcos Grunfield, who is covering the situation. From the translated story … .
The right-hander underwent a surgery in the skull on Saturday afternoon by Dr. Rolando Cobis and was in intensive care at night until Sunday at the Polyclinic Campano, said a source from the medical center.
“He’s in critical condition,” said Dr. Cobis in a telephone contact. “He was made a craniectomy and drainage of hematomas.Until now is critical but stable within its box. He is still fighting for his life. There vital danger to him. ”
Reports out of Venezuela today said that Mariners’ pitching prospect Victor Sanchez was injured in an accident in his native Venezuela on Friday in the town of Carupano. The Mariners have confirmed that Sanchez was injured, but are not making any formal statements at this time until they can gather more information.
Here’s what is known so far.
Sanchez was swimming and was struck in the head by an unspecified water craft and was taken to a local hospital. He suffered a skull fracture and other injuries and underwent surgery. It’s obviously very serious. The hope is that in the next 72 hours, there will be more information on his status.
A report out of Venezuela that says he’s in “serious but stable” condition.
Sanchez is just 20 years old. He signed with the Mariners as undrafted free agent at age 16 in 2011. He pitched last season for Class AA Jackson, posting a 7-6 record with a 4.19 ERA in 23 starts.