Minnesota Twins: Miguel Sano lands on disabled list as health saga continues

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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Miguel Sano #22 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates his two run homer in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 25, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 25: Miguel Sano #22 of the Minnesota Twins celebrates his two run homer in the first inning against the New York Yankees at Yankee Stadium on April 25, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /
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The Minnesota Twins place Miguel Sano on the disabled list with a hamstring injury. Just the most recent in injury issues when it comes to Sano.

The Minnesota Twins had to place another one of their young stars on the disabled list Tuesday. Miguel Sano who had been battling a hamstring injury was placed on the 10-day disabled list retroactive to April 28th.

As you may remember, Sano finished 2017 on the disabled list after fouling a ball off of his lower leg. For many, this is becoming a frustrating trend from the young slugger. With most players, we would sort of just shrug our shoulders and think, “nothing ya can do.”

Not with Sano. For what seems forever, Sano’s weight has been a perceived issue. Did Sano’s weight contribute to his nagging hamstring injury? That is something we can’t really answer. Would many be happy to see him get to a lower playing weight? Certainly.

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What would make fans even happier would be more consistent production from the plate. In 20 games in 2018, Sano is slashing .213/.289/.450, still with pop as he has hit 5 home runs, but also a staggering 36 strikeouts. That is more than double his 17 hits on the season. If Sano wants to be a Hall of Fame player, some things need to change.

Sano will always likely be a high volume strikeout type of player. This rate is at a level that it will be hard to hit enough to make himself the level of all-time great player he has the talent to be.

Gregorio Petit called-up

Gregorio Petit was the fortunate one to get the call from Triple-A and come to the majors in Sano’s absence. The infielder Petit is off to a good start with Rochester. In his 17 games played Petit has slashed .293/.323/.362 with two doubles, a triple, and six RBIs.

Petit has played 171 games in the majors with the Oakland Athletics, Houston Astros, New York Yankees, and Los Angeles Angels. In those games, he has hit .245/.299/.348.

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Other Moves

After not being able to stick in the Twins bullpen. Tyler Kinley was returned to the Miami Marlins.

In a move to make room for Petit on the 40-man, fellow Red Wing Dietrich Enns was designated for assignment. It will be interesting to see if he will make it through waivers and remain with the Twins. Enns was part of the deal that sent Jaime Garcia to the New York Yankees.

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