Twins third baseman Miguel Sano has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a left hamstring strain, per a club announcement Tuesday. The move is retroactive to April 28, so Sano could theoretically return within a week, though hamstring strains obviously have a tendency to be upredictable.
While Sano had gotten off to a relatively slow start this season, posting a .213/.289/.450 slash line with a team-leading five homers in 90 plate appearances, losing him is still a major blow to the Twins. While Logan Morrison (he of the .503 OPS) could eventually pick up some of the slack if he rediscovers his stroke at the plate, Sano has been Minnesota’s greatest source of power early on this season. It’s still early, but the Twins — who many believed would build on last year’s success and make a run at the AL Central title this year — haven’t been very impressive thus far, posting a 9-15 record through a majors-low 24 games.
Sano hasn’t played since last Friday after sustaining the injury. Since then, the Twins have been using Eduardo Escobar — who was previously receiving the majority of the playing time at shortstop with starter Jorge Polanco suspended — at third and Ehire Adrianza at short. They’ll use the same lineup for Tuesday night’s matchup with the Blue Jays, and that’s likely the way it will remain until Sano returns.
To replace Sano on the roster, the Twins purchased the contract of veteran utility man Gregorio Petit, who will return to the majors for the first time since 2016. In order to make room on the 40-man roster for Petit, Minnesota designated lefty swingman Dietrich Enns for assignment.