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Miguel Sano Injury: Updates on Twins Star's Hamstring and Return

Scott Polacek@@ScottPolacekFeatured Columnist

ST. PETERSBURG, FL - AUGUST 25:  Miguel Sano #22 of the Minnesota Twins runs to third base during a MLB game against the Tampa Bay Rays on August 25, 2015 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida.  (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
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Minnesota Twins designated hitter Miguel Sano suffered a hamstring injury against the Oakland Athletics on May 31 and was placed on the disabled list. However, he has been cleared to return.

Continue for updates.


Sano Active vs. Rangers

Friday, July 1 

The Twins announced Sano will play against the Texas Rangers on Friday.


Ryan Comments on Sano's Injury

Friday, June 3

Twins manager Terry Ryan announced Sano suffered a moderate hamstring strain that is expected to keep him out longer than 15 days, per Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com.


Sano's Return Is Critical for Twins

The Twins called Sano up in July 2015 as an extra source of offense for the season's stretch run, and he immediately delivered. He finished with a .269 batting average, 18 home runs, 52 RBI and a .915 OPS in 80 games in his rookie campaign.

He even drilled 12 long balls in his first 45 contests at the major league level and joined some impressive company in the process, per ESPN Stats & Info:

ESPN Stats & Info @ESPNStatsInfo

Miguel Sano:12 HR, 37 RBI in first 45 games Only others to do that in first 45 games, before turning 23- Orlando Cepeda, Albert Pujols

Prior to the injury, Sano hit 11 home runs and 27 RBI. He's proved to be the most dangerous part of the Twins' lineup, and it will be tough for them to replace him, even for a short amount of time.

If the Twins plan on contending in the American League Central this season, they need Sano healthy for the remainder of the season.

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