Falvey says Sano getting a restart in Fort Myers

No timetable for Sano's rehab

Adam Carter
June 14, 2018 - 4:38 pm

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Miguel Sano's struggles have resulted in a drastic move.  

Following the Twins 3-1 loss to the Tigers Thurday, the team announced that Sano is being sent to the Twins' advanced Single-A affiliate in Fort Myers, Fla.

Sano flew to Fort Myers on Friday and was scheduled to begin workouts on Saturday.

"We're going to get him down there and give him an opportunity to get things back on track," Twins Manager Paul Molitor told the Associated Press. "We don't feel like we're getting what we need from him, and he's going to have to get down there and get to work." 

Sano, an All-Star in 2017, is hitting .203, including .148 in his last seven games. He last played in the FSL in 2013.

Alternating between third base, first base, and designated hitter, Sano has seven home runs and is third on the team with 27 RBI. But he also has 66 strikeouts and only thirty hits.

He spent nearly a month on the disabled list with a strained hamstring, his third trip to the DL in as many seasons, and has never played a full season since breaking in to the major leagues in 2015.

"We feel Miguel needs some continued work," Twins baseball operations chief Derek Falvey told Dave Lee on the WCCO Morning News, calling in Friday morning from Cleveland. "We're going to need him to be good for us to be the best possible team we can be."

Falvey called it a "clean slate" for Sano, and that he's "hitting the reset button," while giving no timetable.

"We felt like this was the place for him to start the next steps of his plan," he said. "That doesn't mean he'll be there a long time."

WCCO Radio host Mike Max said Sano's weight has long been an issue. 

Sano is listed at 6-4 and 360 pounds on the Twins' website. 

"They've been forever frustrated with Miguel Sano, because they say what he could do, and they've seen what he's been," Maxie said during an appearance on the Paul and Jordana Show. 

Falvey said Sano took the bad news well.

"He understands where he's at," Falvey said. "He needs to put the work in. He knows that." 

Also getting sent to the minors is outfielder Jake Cave, who'll go back to Class AAA Rochester. 

First baseman Joe Mauer will be reinstated from the disabled list in time for Friday's series opener against the Indians in Cleveland.

The Twins added utility player Taylor Motter from Rochester to fill out the 25-man roster.

Following the series against the Indians, the Twins have an off-day on Monday and return to Target Field for a six-game homestand against the Red Sox and Rangers.