Twins third baseman Miguel Sano, who has been out since Aug. 19 with a stress reaction to his left shin, saw two specialists who confirmed the original diagnosis and cleared him to return to taking swings. Sano visited orthopedists Dr. Martin O'Malley in New York and Dr. Robert Anderson in Charlotte, and both confirmed his injury hasn't worsened to a stress fracture. Sano took 60 swings on Wednesday at Target Field, his first time hitting in roughly 10 days, and the Twins are hopeful he'll do the same on Thursday. There's no timetable for his return, but Sano also hasn't officially been ruled out of a potential American League Wild Card Game on Tuesday. "He's in the same spot and the diagnosis is still the same," said Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey. "The steps in the short-term are going to be centered around him hitting. He took 60 swings today in Minnesota and felt pretty good. Some soreness, but he's in a better spot now." Falvey was asked if Sano could be active on a potential AL Wild Card roster just for a late pinch-hitting opportunity, a la Kirk Gibson in the 1988 World Series, and he was non-committal. "Can I take that outcome?" Falvey joked. "We haven't got into that level of conversation, but at this point we haven't ruled anything out."
Miguel Sano tests left shin injury with 60 swings
MLB.com | Sep 28