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Twins’ Miguel Sano will have surgery to repair injured leg

Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano (22) throws the ball to first for the out against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Twins third baseman Miguel Sano will have surgery to repair a shin injury that forced him to miss more than a month of games, including Minnesota’s wild-card playoff loss to the New York Yankees, the team said Thursday.

Sano, 23, is scheduled to be operated on Nov. 13 in New York by Drs. William Ricci and Martin O’Malley. He was injured when he fouled a pitch off his left shin on Aug. 19, after which he made only three appearances as designated hitter.

He was left off the wild-card playoff roster before an 8-4 loss at Yankee Stadium. Sano hit .264 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs in 114 games.

Neither Twins chief of baseball operations Derek Falvey nor general manager Thad Levin were immediately available for comment.


Twins pitchers and catchers are scheduled to report to Fort Myers, Fla., on Feb. 14, with the first full-squad spring training workout set for Feb. 19, the team announced Thursday.

The 2018 spring schedule features 33 games with a home opener exhibition game against the University of Minnesota scheduled for Feb. 22 at the Twins’ CenturyLink Sports Complex. The Twins will play home games against American League rivals Boston, St. Louis, Toronto and the New York Yankees, as well as the World Series champion Houston Astros.