Giants prospect Canario tears labrum, undergoes surgery


The Giants delivered bad news Saturday regarding one of the most exciting prospects in their farm system.

Alexander Canario, a 20-year-old outfielder, underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left shoulder, the team announced.

According to the team, Canario dislocated his left shoulder while playing the outfield in an Instructional League game last week in Arizona, and a torn labrum was discovered upon further examination in San Francisco.

The surgery was performed by team orthopedist Ken Akizuki.

Canario is the Giants' No. 7 prospect, according to MLB Pipeline, and he's expected to be a big part of the next wave of high-upside players to reach the majors, along with shortstop Marco Luciano, Heliot Ramos, Luis Toribio and Luis Matos.

This will set back Canario's development and timeline. He was on the Giants' 60-man player pool roster for the 2020 season, so he did play at the Alternate Site in Sacramento this summer, but labrum surgery could force him to miss a significant amount of the 2021 season.

Across two lower levels of the minor leagues in 2019, Canario hit .318/.377/.623 with 20 doubles, 16 homers and 54 RBI in 59 games.

In August, Giants director of player development Kyle Haines spoke to Baseball America's Steve Kroner about Canario's growth.

“He’s always had plus tools across the board,” Haines told Kroner, “and now he’s kind of learning how to have more of a veteran at-bat.”

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Hopefully, for Canario and the Giants, he can recover quickly from this setback and get back on a track to San Francisco.