The Minnesota Twins chose Miguel Sano on Thursday for their Serie A affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida, in the hope that the move would help the former third baseman All-Star get back on track.
Manager Paul Molitor made the announcement after Thursday's 3-1 loss to the Tigers, in which Sano was not in the lineup.
Molitor told reporters that he was not unhappy with Sano's effort, but believes the move would help the 25-year-old to work in all parts of his game.
The movement of the corresponding list is expected to be Joe Mauer leaving the disabled list on Friday. He has been out since May 19 with a headache in the neck and symptoms of concussion.
Sano is hitting .203 with seven homers and 27 RBIs this season. He also made four errors in 37 games. Sano, an All-Star in 2017, has never played in more than 116 games in the majors due to injuries.
Last season, Sano, born in the Dominican Republic, hit 21 homers before the All-Star break, but was hampered by injuries in the second half.
In December, a photographer alleged that Sano grabbed her wrist and tried to take her into a bathroom in a store at a shopping mall after an autograph session in 2015. Sano denied the allegations and MLB did not discipline him after to complete an investigation about what happened.