The Twins placed Sano (illness) on the 10-day injured list Saturday.
Minnesota announced Saturday that Sano tested positive for COVID-19 and has been quarantined away from the team. Before Sano is allowed to join the Twins for summer camp, he'll need to test negative for the coronavirus twice. The 27-year-old slugger may not be fully ready to play by the time the Twins open their season July 23 or 24.
Sano has tested positive for coronavirus, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Sano has been quarantined away from the rest of the team. MLB protocols dictate that he'll have to test negative twice before being allowed to rejoin his teammates. Whether that leaves him enough time to be prepared for the start of the regular season remains to be seen.
Sano will face no charges in the Dominican Republic in connection with a video that surfaced June 16 in which the 27-year-old was accused of a kidnapping, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Though Sano was never arrested after a lawyer alleged that the Twins infielder kidnapped and threatened his client back in May in the slugger's hometown of San Pedro de Macoris, a prosecutor heard evidence pertaining to the matter Thursday. The court ultimately sided with Sano, who claimed shortly after the accusation surfaced that he was being blackmailed by the lawyer and his client. With the legal matter behind Sano, president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said he expects him to report to the Twins' camp on time when the club resumes training next week, per Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press.
Sano has gotten more comfortable as a defender at first base, LaVelle E. Neal of the Star Tribune reports.
He said that he never really got comfortable moving from third base to first base occasionally during the 2019 season, but since focusing fully on the position this spring his comfort level has increased. Manager Rocco Baldelli praised Sano's engagement and work ethic with the position change. The move has to work, as there is nowhere else for Sano to go if the Twins are at full strength with Josh Donaldson getting everyday starts at third base and Nelson Cruz getting everyday starts at DH in American League parks. Sano hit .200/.286/.440 with two home runs and seven strikeouts in 28 plate appearances this spring.
Sano agreed to a three-year, $30 million contract extension with the Twins on Friday, Jeff Passan of ESPN.com reports.
Sano's extension includes a club option for the 2023 campaign, per Passan. The slugger cranked 34 home runs and registered 79 RBI over 105 matchups a season ago and will be a big part of Minnesota's lineup for the foreseeable future.
Sano is not in Saturday's lineup against the Royals.
He went 2-for-4 with one home run Friday after getting an off day Thursday and he will get another day to rest up for the postseason. Luis Arraez is starting at third base and leading off.
Sano went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer and two runs scored in Friday's 6-2 win over the Royals.
Sano got aboard with a single in the first inning and came arounnd to score. He then crushed a two-run shot to deep left-center in the second. The third baseman is hitting .246/.344/.577 with 34 homers, 79 RBI and 75 runs scored in 104 games this year.
Sano is starting at third base and leading off Friday against the Royals.
The Twins are likely just experimenting with Sano in the leadoff role after clinching the division title Wednesday. It seems unlikely that he'll remain in this spot in the batting order heading into the postseason.
Sano is not in Thursday's lineup against the Tigers.
Sano is one of several regulars who will head to the bench after the Twins clinched the division Wednesday. Willians Astudillo will start at third base and hit third.
Sano went 2-for-4 with two home runs, four RBI and a walk during a 12-8 victory against the Royals on Sunday.
The 26-year-old continues to slug .580 despite only hitting .248. Of course, 33 home runs will give one that type of ISO. Sano has crushed a lot of pitching lately with five home runs in his last nine games, but he's also 7-for-14 (.500) in the last four games, raising his season average 10 points. Sano is batting .248 with 54 extra-base hits, 77 RBI and 72 runs in 367 at-bats this season.
Sano went 1-for-3 with an RBI triple, a run scored and a walk in Friday's 4-3 win over the Royals.
The hard-hitting third baseman showed off his hustle in the first inning, knocking in Jorge Polanco with the three-bagger. Sano also scored on a sixth-inning Marwin Gonzalez double. Sano is slashing .242/.341/.562 with 31 homers, 72 RBI and 70 runs scored in 99 games.
Sano went 2-for-3 with a home run, a double, a walk and two RBI in Thursday's win over the Royals.
Sano launched a 432-foot shot to left field in the third inning and drove home another run with a double in the fifth. The 26-year-old did not play his first game this season until mid-May but has still managed to establish a career-high with 31 homers. Sano's 11.5 AB/HR ranks ninth in the majors among players with 300 or more plate appearances this season.
Sano went 1-for-6 with a three-run home run in Tuesday's 9-8 extra-innings win over the White Sox.
His third-inning blast off Ross Detwiler gave Sano 30 homers on the year in only 96 games, and made the Twins the first team in MLB history to have five 30-HR hitters, as he joins Nelson Cruz, Max Kepler, Eddie Rosario and Mitch Garver in the club. Sano's .241/.340/.556 is a little less impressive, but his .896 OPS is still his best effort since his 2015 rookie season.
Sano went 2-for-5 with a solo home run Sunday in the Twins' 7-5 loss to the Indians.
Sano slugged one of four Twins homers on the day and is now just one long ball shy of becoming the fifth Minnesota player to reach 30 on the season. With four more series to close out the campaign versus sub-.500 AL Central foes, Sano looks like an excellent all-formats play for those in need of power production. Even if the Twins clinch the division title and are locked into playoff positioning entering the final week, Sano shouldn't see his playing time suffer too greatly as a result.
Sano went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in the second game of Saturday's doubleheader against Cleveland.
Sano came to the plate with the bases loaded and one out in the eighth inning of a tie game. He smashed a grand slam off Nick Goody, accounting or the final runs in a 9-5 win. He's now tied his career high with 28 homers despite playing just 93 games.
Sano (back) is starting at third base and batting seventh Friday night against the Indians, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Sano missed four games with a back issue, but after taking some hacks in the cage Thursday, he's been cleared to return to the starting nine. He's batting .167 with a homer and four RBI over his last 10 contests.
Sano (back) was expected to take some swings in the cage prior to Thursday's game against Washington, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Sano has been held out due to back stiffness since Sunday, and while he was expected to return to the starting nine for Thursday's series finale, it's good news that he was able to get some work in. He'll continue to be considered day-to-day moving forward.
Sano (back) is not starting Thursday against the Nationals.
Sano was expected to rejoin the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Nationals but will instead miss a fourth straight game as he continues to battle back stiffness. Willians Astudillo is starting at third base and hitting sixth in his place in this one.
Sano underwent precautionary imaging on his back Wednesday, which came back clean, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Sano has sat out the last three games due to back stiffness and that appears to be the extent of the injury. It's unclear if the 26-year-old is expected to make his return to the lineup for Thursday's series finale against the Nationals.
Sano (back) remains on the bench Wednesday against the Nationals.
Sano will miss his third straight game while battling back stiffness. His return timeline is not yet clear. Ehire Adrianza will start at the hot corner again Wednesday.
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|vs New York||12||2||2||.286||.667||.167|
|vs Lopez (Career)||6||3||2||1.500||.500||.500|
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|2013||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||56||206||51||68||15||2||16||48||29||61||9||2||.330||.424||.655|
|2018||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||9||30||2||8||1||0||2||5||6||8||0||0||.267||.389||.500|
|2018||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||19||64||11||21||2||0||2||12||13||21||0||0||.328||.442||.453|
|2019||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||3||13||2||4||2||0||0||1||1||7||0||0||.308||.357||.462|
|2019||AAX-Pensacola Blue Wahoo||5||20||1||4||2||0||1||5||1||7||0||0||.200||.217||.450|
|2019||AFA-Fort Myers Miracle||2||5||1||4||0||0||1||3||1||--||0||0||.800||.857||1.400|