Welp, there will be no rematch of the Home Run Derby tonight.
The Twins had until 9:00 am CT today to submit their final wildcard roster, and they waited until the last minute when it came to Miguel Sano. The full rosters haven’t been announced yet, but this piece of information has trickled through:
Just got confirmation. No Sano.— LaVelle E. Neal III (@LaVelleNeal) October 3, 2017
There are likely to be disappointed fans, but I’m not entirely surprised by this move. Sano has been on the DL since early August with a stress reaction in his shin. Though he was activated from the DL before last weekend’s series against the Tigers, it was really only to give him a chance to face live batters and see where he was at. He went 1-for-8 with three strikeouts.
Sano is clearly not 100% health-wise. Paul Molitor had considered using him in the wildcard game as a bench bat, but obviously decided against that.
Told Sano definitely felt pain Sunday postgame and into yesterday w/ that shin. Sure timing an issue too. But pain surely an issue. #mntwins— Darren Wolfson (@DWolfsonKSTP) October 3, 2017
I would expect either Robbie Grossman or Kennys Vargas to serve as the Twins’ designated hitter tonight in place of Sano. Vargas definitely provides a bit more pop with his bat, but the Twins may go with Grossman’s stellar on base abilities instead—his .361 OBP is second highest on the team after Joe Mauer.
If the Twins win the wildcard game, they will get to reset their rosters for the ALDS. Sano could be added then, or the Twins could continue to be patient with him and rely on a healthy player instead.
How do you feel about Sano being left out?