Sano was able to hit off a tee a couple times late last week, but he is not yet ready to advance to the next step in his recovery, and remains sidelined indefinitely. Eduardo Escobar has started nearly every game at third base since Sano's last start there Aug. 18, and he figures to continue playing regularly until Sano is ready to play again.
Sano (shin) took swings off a tee for the second day in a row Saturday but remains without a timetable to return, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
He took 35 swings but said he has to continue to be patient. "It takes time," Sano said. The Twins will take the long view and not rush their star third baseman back, but he is running out of time, with only 14 games left in the regular season. Eduardo Escobar will continue to start at third base in his absence.
Sano (shin) has had trouble running and remains without a timetable for his return to the big-league team, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Sano had the day off to rest Thursday, but the fact that he hasn't been able to stand in for bullpens, mixed with the running troubles, causes a little bit of concern as the regular season begins to enter the home stretch. The third baseman has taken batting practice over the past week, but since he's only been progressing at an incremental rate, it's hard to judge how far along he is in the recovery process. It seems expected that Sano will rejoin the Twins as a pinch hitter before he's ready to take the field, but at this point, there's no real estimate of when that will occur.
Sano (shin) took batting practice prior to Tuesday's game against the Padres, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
It was another day of hitting and no running for Sano, who continues to slowly work his way back from a shin injury that has kept him on the shelf since Aug. 20. According to manager Paul Molitor, the slugging third baseman is getting closer to a return but still remains without a timetable. Given his lack of progress running, Sano may end up returning as a pinch hitter in an attempt to get his bat back in the lineup sooner.
Manager Paul Molitor said Sano (shin) had a "positive day" Saturday at Target Field, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Sano was able to take batting practice and field some grounders for the first time since landing on the shelf Aug. 20, though he still hasn't resumed running. While the slugging third baseman has made encouraging progress recently, he remains without a firm timetable for his return.
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