Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will
begin an injury rehab assignment with Class A Fort Myers on Tuesday
after recovering from a right heel laceration.
Sano missed all of spring training and the start of the season. He
cut his right foot falling down metal steps celebrating a winter
league championship in the Dominican Republic.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said Sano will start with partial
games at Fort Myers and built himself up. Sano is expected to make
stops in Double-A and Triple-A during a lengthy assignment.
”He has to get to a number of at-bats, which I’m not ready to kind
of pout that number out there, but he has to get a sufficient
number of at-bats where we feel confident that we’re not putting
him at a disservice to himself or us to just bring him back here,”
Sano hit .199 with 13 homers in 71 games with Minnesota last
season. The 25-year-old set out to improve his conditioning in the
offseason after injuries hampered his production.
”That’s been a big part of us not wanting to rush him,” Baldelli
said. ”He worked really hard this offseason. Let’s just say what
it is. He made this a priority. His body and his career went ahead
of literally everything else going on. He did a great job. That’s
why him dealing with what he dealt with was so difficult.”