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Minnesota Twins designated hitter Miguel Sano suffered a hamstring injury against the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday and exited the game in the third inning. He has been placed on the disabled list, and it’s unclear when he will return.
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Sano Suffers Hamstring Injury
Wednesday, June 1
Dustin Morse, senior director of communications, announced Sano will be “placed on the disabled list,” and Max Kepler will be promoted from Triple-A.
This is a significant blow to Minnesota’s lineup if Sano is forced to miss extensive time.
The Twins called him up in July 2015 as an extra source of offense for the season’s stretch run, and he immediately delivered. He finished with a .269 batting average, 18 home runs, 52 RBI and a .915 OPS in 80 games in his rookie campaign.
He even drilled 12 long balls in his first 45 contests at the major league level and joined some impressive company in the process, per ESPN Stats & Info:
Miguel Sano:12 HR, 37 RBI in first 45 games
Only others to do that in first 45 games, before turning 23- Orlando Cepeda, Albert Pujols
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 26, 2015
Thus far, Sano has hit 11 home runs and 27 RBI. He’s proved to be the most dangerous part of the Twins’ lineup, and it will be tough for them to replace him, even for a short amount of time.
If the Twins plan on contending in the American League Central this season, they need Sano to return to the lineup as quickly as possible.