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Sano's elbow checks out during physical

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins prospect Miguel Sano underwent a physical exam at Target Field on Friday, and he said everything checked out fine, including tests on his right elbow.

Sano, who was ranked as baseball's No. 4 overall prospect on Thursday, was originally diagnosed with a strained ulnar collateral ligament in mid-October, but he has been rehabbing his elbow at the club's Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Fla. The third baseman sounded confident on Saturday that his elbow won't hinder him in Spring Training and that he won't need surgery to repair his UCL.

"Everything was good," said Sano, who estimated he's undergone about four physicals this offseason. "No problems with my elbow."

Sano, 20, is still rehabbing the elbow, however, as he's on a throwing program that has him playing catch at 90 feet. But Sano is still expected to be ready for Spring Training, and this year he was invited to big league camp for the first time. He's also already aiming to make the club out of Spring Training, even though he's likely ticketed for Triple-A Rochester to open the season.

"I'd like to be here on Opening Day," Sano said. "I'm working hard. I've got to play hard every day. This opportunity with Minnesota, they opened the door for me."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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