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Spilled drink, metal stairs, stumble: Sano shares how he hurt his foot

Estrellas "Cavalcade of Champions" in January, via team's Twitter feed

Estrellas "Cavalcade of Champions" in January, via team's Twitter feed


FORT MYERS, Fla. — A spilled drink, a crowd of jubilant people and metal stairs. Those are the culprits that are depriving the Twins of their starting third baseman for at least a week, Miguel Sano explained Wednesday morning.

    There are a dozen stitches in Miguel Sano’s right heel, and protecting those, and the unusual horizontal laceration they are closing, will have Sano wearing a protective boot, rather than taking part in spring training drills, for 7-10 days. Some reports suggested the injury occurred on the diamond, but Sano clarified the circumstances on Wednesday.

    Sano suffered the cut on the stairs leading to a stage in San Pedro de Macoris, near Sano’s Dominican Republic home, he explained Wednesday. Sano joined his hometown team, Estrellas Orientales, for the Dominican Winter League playoffs, batting .222 (10 for 45) with one home run and two doubles in 12 games, and he helped Estrellas win the league championship for the first time in 51 years.

    Three days later, on Jan. 26, the city staged a “Cavalcade of Champions” through the town to celebrate, with the parade ending at a large stage near the city center. “The entire town came out. [At the stage], the president of the team called every player up, one by one, to say thank you for the support,” Sano explained through an interpreter. “Someone dropped liquid on the stage, someone else slipped, that person pushed me, I slipped down the stairs and I caught my [heel] on them.”

    The impact opened a significant cut just above Sano’s heel, but he didn’t realize it at first. “I didn’t even feel at it at the beginning, there was so much going on, so many people around me,” Sano said. “Then my wife noticed” that he was bleeding.”

    A doctor sewed up the cut with 12 stitches, but because the cut is horizontal, it’s prone to pull apart as he walks. That’s why the Twins put him in a boot when he arrived in camp on Sunday.

    “Right now, I feel like it’s healing, it’s closing,” Sano said, though he probably won’t take part in any daily baseball drills for at least another week.

Sano will miss week of Twins spring training workouts

FORT MYERS, Fla. – Miguel Sano’s mysterious leg injury is now officially a setback. How major a setback remains to be seen.

The Twins third baseman entered the clubhouse on Tuesday wearing a walking boot on his right foot to help cover up a laceration above the heel. The team, in its second day of full squad spring training workouts, said Sano would be required to wear the boot for seven to 10 days before being re-evaluated.

Sano suffered the injury while celebrating winning the Dominican Winter League championship with his team, Estrellas. The Twins say that it’s in an area that can be tough to keep a wound closed, so they are taking extra measures.

“Just to limit any kind of speculation, it’s simply to protect and keep the wound clean and allowing it to heal,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Sano was unavailable for comment on Tuesday but still took the field to monitor drills. At one point, he fed balls to Baldelli so he could hit grounders to the infielders. On Monday, Sano watched bunt defense drills from foul territory. He will be able to do upper body workouts during the time he’s in the boot, and the Twins are looking into the chances that he can get some cardiovascular work in as well.

After losing 25 pounds during the offseason and reporting to camp in his best shape since 2015, Sano will fall behind his teammates as they build toward Opening Day on March 28 against Cleveland.

Barring any unforeseen developments, there is still time for him to get enough at bats to be sharp in time for the start of the season.

The spring training opening game isn’t until Saturday, and he can always participate in minor league spring training games, once they begin, to get the at-bats he needs.

“It’s just something we’ll roll with and deal with,” Baldelli said. “There’s a lot more to be excited and happy about as far as Miguel’s offseason and everything that went into it. I consider this a minor issue we have to get past before he gets going.

“Based on everything I heard, it was a simple ... right around the time of the celebration of the winter league championship, catching it on something and simply opening the skin up. That was basically it.”