Unconfirmed reports in Venezuela say Mariners pitching prospect Victor Sanchez, a right-hander, suffered a head injury when hit by a boat while swimming in that country.
The full extent and specific nature of Sanchez's injuries are not known, but those reports said he was unconscious and hospitalized.
Mariners officials, at this point, are only able to confirm Sanchez was in an accident.
Sanchez, 20, is native Venezuelan who was 2-1 with a 4.50 ERA in seven starts this winter for Caracas in the Venezuelan Winter League. He was 7-6 with a 4.19 ERA last season in 23 starts at Double-A Jackson.
The Mariners signed Sanchez on July 12, 2011 as a non-drafted free agent. He is among the prospects cited by The News Tribune in its just-released “watch list” for the upcoming season.