Minnesota Twins slugger Miguel Sano is heading to the 10-day disabled list due to a stress reaction in his left shin, manager Paul Molitor confirmed on Sunday. Sano will not travel with the team as it begins a four-game set Monday against the Chicago White Sox at Guaranteed Rate Field.
Kennys Vargas was removed from Triple-A Rochester’s lineup Sunday and is expected to take Sano’s roster spot, per Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press.
.@Twins recall INF Kennys Vargas, select RHP Tim Melville from Triple-A Rochester, option LHP Nik Turley to Triple-A.
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Sano was forced to leave Saturday’s game due to shin soreness and first informed the team Friday that the shin was bothering him — per Shane Jackson of MLB.com — after blasting two homers against the Arizona Diamondbacks to add to his career-high 28 on the season. He entered Sunday tied seventh in the American League in home runs and tied ninth with 77 RBIs while playing in 111 games this season. He’s also hit .267/.356/.514 in those games.
The 24-year-old has appeared in 89 games at third base and 11 at first base, with the rest coming as a designated hitter. Vargas has appeared exclusively at first base and designated hitter this season and has hit .243/.289/.429 with eight home runs in 51 games.
Ehire Adrianza started at third base Sunday and would likely partner with Eduardo Escobar to take over at third base in Sano’s absence. The Twins’ victory Sunday kept them tied with the Los Angeles Angels for the second American League wild card. They also trailed the Cleveland Indians by five games for first place in the AL Central