Sano will sit against the Reds on Saturday. Sano will head to the bench after recording just three hits and 20 strikeouts in his last 10 games. He's having close to as good of a season as you can expect from a player with a 43.8 percent strikeout rate, as his .203/.279/.484 slash line is good for a respectable .763 OPS. Marwin Gonzalez will be the first baseman Saturday.
Sano went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a win over the Cubs on Saturday. Sano struck out three times in the contest, but he made up for the whiffs with a massive 453-foot solo shot to left field in the seventh inning. The output was typical of Sano's campaign thus far -- he's hitting only .217 overall and has struck out in a whopping 43.5 percent of his at-bats but has contributed 13 homers and 25 RBI.
Sano went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Wednesday's 5-1 win over the White Sox. Sano accounted for the Twins' last two runs of the game with his eighth-inning homer off White Sox reliever Matt Foster. In his last seven games, Sano has gone only 4-for-26, but three of those hits have left the yard. He's up to 12 homers, 24 RBI and 28 runs scored in 45 contests this season.
Sano's absence from the lineup Monday against the White Sox is due to a stiff neck, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. The injury forced Sano to leave Sunday's game against Cleveland early and will sideline him for at least one contest. It doesn't appear as though he'll be out for an extended period, however. LaMonte Wade takes over at first base Monday.
Sano is not in the lineup Monday against the White Sox. Sano sits after starting 30 of the last 31 games at first base. He's hitting .231/.315/.537 on the year, though he has just three hits in his last six games. LaMonte Wade gets the start in his absence.