Miguel Sano to undergo additional testing

MINNEAPOLIS, MN - AUGUST 17: Minnesota Twins Third base Miguel Sano (22) warms up during game 1 of a MLB split-doubleheader between the Minnesota Twins and Cleveland Indians on August 17, 2017 at Target Field in Minneapolis, MN. The Indians defeated the Twins 9-3.(Photo by Nick Wosika/Icon Sportswire)
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Minnesota Twins All-Star third baseman Miguel Sano told reporters on Thursday that he is heading to the hospital to undergo additional testing on his injured left shin. Sano said he is still unable to run due to the injury, and he has not yet started baseball activities at all since landing on the club’s 10-day disabled list.

Sano has been on the shelf since August 19 thanks to a stress reaction in his left shin. The injury occurred after he fouled a ball off of his leg during a game the previous day. He was eligible to return from the sideline on Wednesday, but there appears to be no timetable for his return at this stage.

However, the Twins have played quite well of late despite Sano’s absence from the lineup. Minnesota is 8-4 in the 12 games since Sano was sidelined.

The 24-year-old Dominican is in the midst of his finest big league campaign to date. Sano is slashing .267/.356/.514 with a team-leading 28 home runs and 77 RBIs. He has already blasted 71 career home runs in just 307 big league games.

Despite being without their best power hitting threat, the Twins are still very much in the thick of the American League Wild Card race. Minnesota has reeled off three straight wins and now sits at 69-63 on the year. The Twins are a game ahead of the Los Angeles Angels for the American League’s second wild card slot, though they have climbed to within a game of the New York Yankees for the top spot as well.

The Twins will wrap up a three-game set with the rival Chicago White Sox on Thursday afternoon at Target Field.

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