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Twins’ Miguel Sanó to undergo surgery to repair torn meniscus

While celebrating, Minnesota first baseman suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee, and he will undergo a procedure this week to fix it

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Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano hits a single in the ninth inning against the Detroit Tigers on April 26, 2022, at Target Field in Minneapolis.
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BALTIMORE — Last Tuesday’s walk-off win was perhaps one of the wildest you might ever see. At the time, it looked as if the Twins were the lucky beneficiaries of some poor Detroit defense, a botched rundown allowing both the tying and game-winning runs to score.

But while the Twins walked away with the win, they suffered their own share of misfortune on the play: While celebrating, first baseman Miguel Sanó suffered a meniscus tear in his left knee, and he will undergo a procedure this week to fix it.

“There’s no way around it being frustrating,” manager Rocco Baldelli said. “There’s no way to talk about it without probably mentioning that. But frankly welling on that doesn’t accomplish much, and I think he just wants to get healthy. The guy just wants to play. He loves playing, and I think he just wants to get it done as quickly as possible so that he can get on the field.”

Baldelli did not give a potential timeline for his return, except to say that it is “not generally the longest of rehabs,” meaning the Twins are expecting the first baseman back at some point this season.

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For Sanó, it’s his second big injury suffered during a celebration. The first came when he lacerated his heel celebrating his Dominican Winter League team’s championship in late January 2019. Sano wound up getting stitches and later had a debridement procedure before finally coming off the injured list in May.


This injury, Sanó said over the weekend, was a result of jumping up and down during the jubilant celebration on the field with his teammates.

“It’s kind of hard to control in the moment or even really get ahead of because when you win a ballgame, guys are going to be excited,” Baldelli said. “And there’s been a lot of celebrations in the history of our game. … Anything can happen when those things start happening on the field.”

Sanó missed three games before trying to play through it on Saturday against the Tampa Bay Rays. Prior to that game, he said he had bruised his knee and it was still sore.

“Sometimes we need to play with the soreness,” Sanó said Saturday before the game. “That’s what I’m going to do.”

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Kansas City Royals third baseman Bobby Witt Jr. (7) is tagged out by Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano (22) during the fifth inning April 21, 2022, at Kauffman Stadium in Kansas City, Missouri.
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But he was forced out of the game early by pain. Eventually he wound up on crutches because he was having a difficult time walking on his own, the severity of the pain having increased.

“It did appear, or at least he was going to try to play through it, and he gave it a pretty good go,” Baldelli said. “But moving around at some point, he obviously felt it, and it came back significantly worse than it originally was.”

With Sanó out, the Twins will rely on Luis Arraez, rookie Jose Miranda, who started there on Tuesday, and eventually Alex Kirilloff, who is on the injured list himself with a wrist soreness, to fill the position.

Gray rehab

Starter Sonny Gray (hamstring) will make another rehab outing, Baldelli said Tuesday, pushing back his return. Baldelli didn’t know exactly when Gray was lined up to make a start, but he said his rehab starting would come with the St. Paul Saints, who are home this weekend against the Iowa Cubs.


Gray threw three innings and struck out five during an outing on Sunday for the Fort Myers Mighty Mussels. He has been on the injured list since April 17 after straining his right hamstring a day before during his start against Boston.

“We’ll get him ready to start, stretch him out a little bit more and then go from there,” Baldelli said.

In his place, rookie Josh Winder, who threw six scoreless innings on Sunday, will make another start.

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