Twins Slugger Hits the Injured List

After sitting out for three consecutive games with knee soreness, a return to the lineup on Saturday apparently didn't do Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano any favors, as he's now been placed on the 10-day injured list. 

Manager Rocco Baldelli made the announcement, and that move, in combination with the optioning of catcher Jose Godoy brings the Twins down to the 26-man roster limit that comes into effect on Monday. 

It's possible that the knee problem could have something to do with Sano's extremely slow start to the 2022 season, as he's thus far batted .093 (5-for-54), with a .379 OPS, only a single home run and a single run scored. Bad luck could also have been playing a role, as he has a ridiculously low .121 BABIP (batting average on balls in play, which usually runs at about .300 for most batters). 

Without Sano, the Twins have been forced to play infielder Luis Arraez at first base, the first time in his career that he's played the position. He's handled himself well enough over the past several games that Sano has missed, although Baldelli has suggested the two former Yankees the Twins acquired in the offseason, catcher Gary Sanchez, and/or 3B Gio Urshela could get some run at 1B as well.

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