It didn't take very long for Miguel Sano to be a topic of discussion at spring training. As pitchers and catchers reported to camp on Tuesday, Twins general manager Thad Levine was asked about the ongoing MLB investigation of assault allegations against Sano and how it could affect the team’s plans. Levine said the Twins continue to await the findings. “We’re beholden to the process that the union and the commissioner’s office are undertaking, and we’ll abide by their findings when they have it,” Levine said. “Between now and then, our singular focus is getting him ready for Opening Day.” That could be a tall task, even if Sano is cleared to play by then. The 6-foot-4, 260-pounder couldn't participate in conditioning or general baseball activities for several weeks after undergoing November surgery to insert a metal rod into his left shin, leading Levine to describe the Twins slugger as supporting a “generous carriage.” Aside from hitting, Sano has only recently begun to work his way back into baseball shape. Levine said Sano is right about where the Twins expected him to be from a conditioning standpoint. And since the club has no control over the uncertainty surrounding MLB’s investigation, Levine said their main focus is to get the slugger prepared for the regular season, which begins March 29 in Baltimore.
Twins' Sano to report to spring training amid sexual assault investigation
The Athletic | Feb 13