Miguel Sano fulfilled his promise as an elite power hitter before missing most of the final two months due to a shin injury. The Twins stopped using him in the outfield, and he was passable defensively at third base. He hit 21 home runs with a .906 OPS in the first half, but played just 32 games in the second half due to a stress reaction in his left shin. Sano tried to return briefly in September, eventually needing offseason surgery to insert a metal rod into his leg. He has a career 12.3 percent walk rate and monstrous power, but he continues to strike out in over one-third of his plate appearances. Fortunately, his 44.8 percent hard-hit rate ranked fourth in MLB, which significantly raises his batting average floor. He's expected to be completely healthy when spring training begins. In December, Sano was accused of an alleged sexual assault that occurred in 2015. At press time, no charges had been filed, and MLB had not publicly started an investigation.
Sano (lower leg) remains in Florida to continue his rehab while the Twins are hopeful that he will be ready to go by Opening Day, LaVelle E. Neal of The Star Tribune reports. This suggests Sano will not see a full workload during spring training, as he continues to work his way back from shin surgery in mid-November. As far as the assault allegations that arose last month go, the club had no further statement on the matter and will allow the MLB's investigation to run its course. Expect further updates on his status prior to the beginning of spring camp.
The Twins acknowledged Thursday that they are aware of assault allegations involving Sano stemming from an incident in 2015. A female photographer claims Sano physically assaulted her at an Apple store. Aside from acknowledging the incident and saying they take the allegations "very seriously," the Twins did not offer further comment. Both the team and Major League Baseball figure to launch an investigation. Sano has been recovering from November shin surgery.
Sano (shin) is continuing his rehab in Florida, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Sano is about four weeks into his initial eight-week recovery timeframe, but he's apparently doing well. He's expected to continue ramping up his activity before heading to the Dominican Republic to work with Fernando Tatis. Barring any setbacks, Sano should be back to full health well ahead of spring training.
Sano successfully underwent surgery on his shin Monday. As expected, Sano had a procedure to alleviate pain that had been coming from a stress fracture in his left shin. The estimated timeframe for his recovery is around eight weeks, so he should be back in full health once spring training arrives.
Sano (lower leg) will undergo surgery on his left shin Nov. 13 in New York. Sano had been thinking about having surgery for the past few weeks, and finally decided to undergo the procedure after continuing to experience discomfort in his lower leg. Although he spent all of September working his way back from the stress reaction, his lower leg never seemed to completely heal. Moving forward, the recovery time for this surgery is expected to be around eight weeks, according to general manager Thad Levine, which will give Sano ample time to get ready for spring training.