CHICAGO — Miguel Sańo began a rehab assignment earlier this week in Florida, putting the first baseman on track to return later this month, provided he has no setbacks.
Sańo underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus about two months ago in early May.
“He’s going to have a lot of batting attacks,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “He’s going out on the field. These are not results at this time. He needs his body to catch up. Game speed and reflexes and all these different things, timing, they have to catch up. He has been absent for a very long time. But I heard he was fine. He feels good. The time has come for him to step onto the pitch. It’s good news.
Position players have a 20-day clock to return once they start a rehab mission. If a player sustains a new injury or a recurrence of the first injury, that rehab assignment may be stopped, delaying the return.
But barring anything like that, that would put the first baseman on track to come back in the coming weeks. At this point, Baldelli said the Twins were asking Sańo to bat in FCL before joining the Triple-A Saints.
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Prior to his injury, Sańo was only hitting .093 with a .379 OPS. He had batted 21 times and only had one home run in 17 games played.
“I don’t have a schedule in mind. I don’t have anything like that in mind except that he feels good? Is her body slowly getting back to where it should be? said Baldelli. “Are his baseball skills getting back to where they need to be? That’s all I can think of. No matter how long it takes, that’s how long it’s going to take.