After seeing only 30 pitches in game action since Aug. 19, Miguel Sano will not be active for Tuesday night’s American League wild-card game at Yankee Stadium. In a difficult decision the Twins took down to the wire, the slugging third baseman was not included on the official 25-man roster submitted to Major League Baseball on Tuesday morning. Eleven pitchers were included along with expected bench players Chris Gimenez, Mitch Garver, Ehire Adrianza, Zack Granite and Kennys Vargas. Second on the team behind Brian Dozier with 28 homers and tied for the team lead with Eddie Rosario in slugging percentage (.507), Sano wasn’t expected to be in the starting lineup anyway. Rather, he would have given manager Paul Molitor a formidable right-handed threat off the bench should the Twins need a pinch hitter in the late innings. “I don’t think he feels great,” Molitor said of Sano after Sunday’s game. “I know he’s still having discomfort.” While Tuesday’s decision calls into question Sano’s availability should the Twins advance to face the Cleveland Indians in the division series, the idea of a power threat like Sano was tantalizing to Twins staff and his teammates as well.
Twins leave Miguel Sano off wild-card roster vs. Yankees
St. Paul Pioneer Press | Oct 3