The Minnesota Twins have not been having a good month and now Miguel Sano is on the DL with a hamstring issue.
On April 18th, the Minnesota Twins were 8-5 and looking like the wild-card contending team we thought we would see leading up to the season. Things have not gone well for the Twins over the last 12 games and they now find themselves seven games under .500 and everything we thought we knew about this team seems to be wrong.
The Twins have been miserable, poor pitching, fielding errors and an anemic offense have led to a 1-11 record over the last 12 games. Injuries to key players haven’t helped, with Byron Buxton, Ervin Santana and now Miguel Sano, who has been placed on the 10-day disabled list with a hamstring injury, all missing time.
Sano has been a concerning case this season as he has not been performing well in the early going. Hitting just .213 with 36 strikeouts and committing costly errors at third, this has been a start to forget for the young slugger.
A stress fracture in his shin ended his season last year and as he returns to the DL this year, support-rod surgically implanted in his shin bone, one can’t help but wonder if his legs are going to be an injury concern if his weight stays where it is. He should not be shamed for being a big man but if his size is hindering his ability to perform in his chosen profession, there should be concern from his employer.
Sano’s weight continues to be a talking point among fans and media alike and it is not a stretch to think this injury could have been caused by Sano’s lack of conditioning and being out of shape. To blame his on-field performance on his weight seems shortsighted but there may be a debate to be had about his weight affecting his ability to stay on the field.