Sano (leg) won't face criminal charges after he was involved in a car accident in the Dominican Republic early Sunday that resulted in a police officer suffering a broken leg, ESPN.com reports.
Reports initially surfaced Sunday suggesting that Sano was arrested as a result of the incident, but Dominican national police concluded that the 25-year-old backed up his pickup truck outside of a nightclub without realizing that the officer was positioned behind his vehicle. According to police colonel Frank Duran Mejia, Sano took the injured officer to the hospital himself and wasn't charged because he didn't abandon the scene of the accident. With the situation surrounding the accident now clarified, it appears Sano will avoid any punishment from Major League Baseball and can turn his focus to rehabbing the left leg injury that limited him to just four appearances in September.
Manager Paul Molitor said he is "not optimistic" about Sano (leg) returning before the end of the season, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Sano has appeared in just four games in September due to a pair of injuries. With just four games left and Minnesota out of the playoff picture, the Twins have no reason to push the third baseman to return this season. It was a disappointing year for the 25-year-old, highlighted by multiple injuries and a trip to the minors to work through some struggles. He'll finish the season with a .199/.281/.398 slash line and 13 homers through 71 games.
After undergoing an MRI in Minnesota, it's unclear when Sano (leg) could return to action, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Sano won't play during the Twins' weekend series against the Athletics after traveling back to Minnesota for further testing. Sano's knee is a "little bit of a puzzle we haven't been able to solve yet," manager Paul Molitor stated before Saturday's game. It's entirely possible that Sano won't play again in 2018, but more news on his availability should be released soon.
Sano isn't in Friday's starting nine against Oakland.
Sano will get another day off after taking a seat Wednesday and having a scheduled off day Thursday. Ehire Adrianza is penciled into the lineup at the hot corner and will bat seventh.
Sano is not in the starting lineup versus Detroit on Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Sano returned to the field Tuesday for the first time since Sept. 4, but had a disastrous day at the plate, finishing 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. The third baseman had been sidelined by a bruised leg over the past couple weeks and will likely receive a few more days off during the homestretch of the 2018 season as he continues to work his way back to full health.
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