If you’d told me last November that Alexander Canario would have a game the following September that featured a double and a grand slam, I would have hoped that it was because Canario was finally getting the rust shaken off at Triple-A Iowa, and was setting things up for a good bounce-back year in 2024. If you’d insisted, no, this game happened in MLB, I wouldn’t have believed it. You, of course, would have assured me that it was real, and I would’ve said, ok, but how. And I would’ve said it loudly with wide eyes.
Last November, in a freak accident at first base, Canario injured his shoulder and destroyed his ankle. Each injury was serious enough to require surgery, and it would have been FOOLISH to presume he could return to his same level of effectiveness at Triple-A, even if that’s very much what we all hoped for. So for Canario to come back as fully as he did at Triple-A, to then get the call up to the big leagues just 10 months after that injury, and to do last night what he did? It’s unbelievable. I’m still shaking my head thinking through all the has happened in the last year.
“It’s surreal. I really have no words,” Canario said via team translator Fredy Quevedo, per Cubs.com. “Just to think back, in January I was in a boot and I was on a scooter to move around. And now I hit a grand slam in the big leagues. It’s just a surreal moment.”
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