Miguel Sańo begins rehab assignment about 2 months after surgery

Sańo, who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus about two months ago in early May, went 0 for 4 with a fly out and three groundouts in his first rehab game for the Twins’ Florida Complex League team.

Teammates celebrate with Twins first baseman Miguel Sano after his ninth-inning single, which lead. to a throwing error and two runs, giving the Twins a 5-4 walk-off victory against the Tigers.
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CHICAGO — Miguel Sańo began a rehab assignment on Monday down in Florida, putting the first baseman on track to return later this month, provided he has no setbacks.

Sańo, who had surgery to repair a torn meniscus about two months ago in early May, went 0 for 4 with a fly out and three groundouts in his first rehab game for the Twins’ Florida Complex League team.

“He’s going to get a lot of at-bats,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He’s going to get out in the field. It’s not about results right now. He needs his body to catch back up. The speed of the game and reflexes and all of these different things, timing, they need to catch back up. He’s been off for a very long time. But I’ve heard he’s doing well. He feels good. The time is right for him to take the field. It’s nice news.”

Position players have a 20-day clock to return once beginning a rehab assignment. If a player suffers a new injury or a recurrence of the first injury, that rehab assignment may be stopped, delaying the return.

But barring anything of that sort, this would put the first baseman on track to return within the next few weeks. At this point, Baldelli said the Twins are having Sańo get at-bats at the FCL before joining the Triple-A Saints.


Before his injury, Sańo was hitting just .093 with a .379 OPS. He had struck out 21 times and had just one home run in 17 games played.

“I don’t have a schedule in mind. I don’t have anything along those lines on my mind except is he feeling good? Is his body slowly getting back to where it needs to be?” Baldelli said. “Are his baseball skills getting back to where they need to be? It’s all I think about. However long that takes, that’s how long it’s going to take.”


Josh Winder was scratched from his scheduled start for Triple-A St. Paul on Monday to join the Twins on the taxi squad.

Baldelli said it was “certainly a possibility,” that Winder pitches for the Twins in their series against the White Sox. Winder was optioned on June 23, less than 15 days ago, which means that his recall would be tied to another player landing on the injured list.

Winder last pitched for the Twins on June 28, returning as the club’s 27th man in their doubleheader against the Guardians. In that game, Winder threw six scoreless innings.


The Twins reinstated reliever Trevor Megill (shoulder) from the injured list and designated Juan Minaya for assignment. This is the second time the Twins have DFA’d the reliever in the span of a month. … Tyler Thornburg, who was DFA’d earlier this week, has cleared waivers.


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