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BASEBALL

Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will have Tommy John surgery and is out for the season.

Sano, the Twins' top prospect, said he "felt something" in his elbow after he made a throw across his body on Thursday. He had an MRI on the elbow Friday, and it revealed he will need the surgery.

No date has been set for the surgery, but Sano's rehab time is estimated at eight months.

"I feel pretty frustrated," Sano told ESPN.com. "I want to cry, because it is very hard for me knowing I had the chance to play with the big team."

Sano hit 35 home runs in just 123 minor league games last year despite battling the sore elbow for most of the season.

"It's disappointing for the organization. It's more disappointing for the player," assistant general manager Rob Antony told FOX Sports. "He's a 20-year-old player who's arguably one of the top five prospects in the game. Everybody has to deal with adversity at some point in their career. This is a slight setback for him, but hopefully he'll get this taken care of, he comes back healthy and strong, and he'll be in big league camp next year at 21."

---The Texas Rangers shut down shortstop Elvis Andrus for the next few days because of flexor tendinitis, which the club said is localized soreness in his forearm, according to ESPNDallas.com

Andrus was trying to play through the soreness but the Rangers decided to rest him after he made a wild throwing error during an 11-1 exhibition loss to the Kansas City Royals on Friday.

"We think it's a result from the amount of throwing he's done early in camp," assistant general manager Thad Levine said. "We're just going to try to knock it out early in camp rather than continue to play him every day and not give him a chance to recover."

Levine said Andrus has not received an injection to treat the injury.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL

Alabama coach Nick Saban on Friday addressed the controversial college football proposal to allow a 10-second defensive substitution rule to slow down the game in the name of safety.

A recent ESPN poll indicated that most coaches do not support the proposed rule. One of them, South Carolina's Steve Spurrier, has referred to it as "The Saban Rule."

However, in addressing the issue publicly for the first time, Saban denied having anything to do with the proposal.

"I really don't necessarily have an opinion on the 10-second rule," Saban said. "I think there are three issues that need to be researched relative to pace of play, the first being player safety. When you look at plays that are run, and a team averages 88 plays, and we average 65 at Alabama, that's 20-something plays more a game over a 12-game season, that adds up to four more games a year that guys have to play. I think it's wear and tear and tougher to prepare players when you have to play against a hurry-up offense because of the way you have to practice. ...

"The second thing is, can officials officiate the game? They're not in position when the ball is snapped, just like defensive players aren't in position when the ball is snapped, so that's a game administration issue that people should probably look into.

"And the third thing, to me, and the last thing, which is not the most important, I think the first is most important, is there any competitive imbalance created by the pace of play."

Saban also said, because of the physical nature of football, it is not intended to be a continuous game.

Under current rules, defenses do not have a chance to make substitutions unless the offense also does.

The comment period on the proposed rule ends Monday. The NCAA's 11-member playing rules oversight panel will vote on the proposal Thursday, with a simple majority needed for the proposal to become a rule.

The panel consists of Pac-12 commissioner Larry Scott, MAC commissioner Jon Steinbrecher, WAC commissioner Jeff Hurd, Northeast Conference commissioner Noreen Morris, UAB senior associate athletic director Derita Ratcliffe, Michigan State senior associate athletic director Shelley Appelbaum, Armstrong Atlantic State athletic director Lisa Sweany, Arkansas Tech assistant athletic director Kristy Bayer, Shenandoah's Doug Zipp, Smith's Lynn Oberbillig and Fitchburg State's Sue Lauder.
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