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Twins place Miguel Sano on the DL with a stress reaction in his left shin

This isn’t ideal, but if Sano was going to go on the DL, this was the perfect time to do it.

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It’s official—the Twins have placed Miguel Sano on the 10-day DL because of stress reaction in shin.

What’s a stress reaction? Well, it’s not a stress fracture, but it’s a precursor to a stress fracture, so good on the Twins for going ahead and being proactive here. It’s especially a smart move given the Twins have a doubleheader tonight against the White Sox, and being down a player would really suck.

According to 1500 ESPN, Sano’s shin started to bother him Friday after he fouled a ball off it. He started Saturday’s game, but was removed because of the injury. He didn’t even play Sunday.

How long will Sano be out? I’m not sure, but Paul Molitor said he hopes to have Sano back by earl September, which... oh my god that’s not even that far from now. Where does the time go?

Anyway, the Twins recalled Kennys Vargas to take Sano’s place on the roster. Shocking. And really, the timing of Sano’s injury actually isn’t bad—the Twins probably won’t be facing any team with a winning record while Sano is gone. Plus, other hitters like Eddie Rosario (batting .429 in his past ten games) and Brian Dozier (nine home runs in his past 19 games) are heating up, and Sano has sort of been in a slump.

In addition to recalling Vargas, the Twins officially called up Time Melville. There was an extra spot on the 40-man roster, so they didn’t have to do anything there, and to make room on the 25-man roster, the Twins optioned Nik Turley... and then immediately recalled him as the 26th man for tonight’s doubleheader. Ha.