Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano will undergo left knee surgery later this week and there is no timetable for his return.
Sano will have a torn meniscus repaired. He injured the knee on April 26 during a postgame celebration when the Twins scored twice in the bottom of the ninth to record a 5-4 victory over the Detroit Tigers.
Sano, 28, missed three games before he returned Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. He exited that game when the knee pain resurfaced.
“There’s no way to talk about (the injury) without mentioning that,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said of the manner in which Sano was injured. “Frankly, dwelling on that doesn’t accomplish much. The guy just wants to get (the surgery) done as quickly as possible so he can get back on the field.”
Sano was placed on the 10-day injury list Monday.
Baldelli said he is hopeful Sano can return later this season.
Sano was off to a poor start, batting .093 with one homer and three RBIs in 54 at-bats.
He hit 30 homers last season, the second-highest output of his career. But he also batted just .223 with a career-worst 183 strikeouts.
Overall, Sano has a .234 career average with 162 homers and 418 RBIs in 691 games over eight seasons with Minnesota.
–Field Level Media