MINNEAPOLIS – The Twins placed catcher Mitch Garver on the 10-day disabled list with a sprained left ankle and returned third baseman Miguel Sano from his rehabilitation assignment, nearly four months after he suffered a serious heel cut straight.
Minnesota made the moves Wednesday before their game against Los Angeles, following Garver's injury the night before in a home plate collision with Angels star Shohei Ohtani. Garver was diagnosed with a high sprain, which may take longer to heal than other varieties, but both Garver and manager Rocco Baldelli expressed relief that the injury was not worse. Garver was wearing a walking boot in the clubhouse. No calendar was announced for his return to action.
"There's not a lot of swelling, so we're happy," said Garver, who caught center fielder Byron Buxton's throw in the eighth inning on Tuesday and eliminated Ohtani to prevent the tie from scoring when Ohtani slipped on his leg. to cause his The ankle twisted awkwardly in the 4-3 victory of the Twins.
However, there was no ill will.
"You're supposed to slide into the home plate just like him, I thought it was a really clean slide," Garver said.
The Twins lead the majors with 16 homers and 38 RBIs from the position of entrapment, and also get strong contributions from Jason Castro and Willians Astudillo. Losing Garver clearly was not the way they wanted to get Sano back. Garver has had a rest season, hitting .329 with four doubles, nine homers and 19 RBIs in 25 games. His OPS is 1,164.
After injuring his heel on January 26 during a celebration in the Dominican Republic when he slipped on metal stairs after his team's winter league championship, Sano was finally cleared for action. He underwent a debridement procedure that removes damaged tissue or foreign objects from a wound on March 5. Sano played in 10 games during his rehab in the minors, and he stopped at Class A Fort Myers, Double A Pensacola and Triple A Rochester.
The 26-year-old hitter, whose major league career has been marked by more stubborn injuries than home runs, hit .199 with an OPS of .679 in 71 games last season while spending months in the minor leagues for the overhaul.
"He's going to play a lot, that's it," Baldelli said, adding, "I think he's in good form, I think he feels good."
Sano did not play in Minnesota's 8-7 victory against the Angels on Wednesday.
The return of Sano means that Marwin González will put his multipositive skills into practice. He can play in all four positions in the box and in corners of the gardens at the corners, and he is probably still in the lineup almost every day, while Baldelli gives a break to different regular clients, including Sano.
"He's probably just clamoring to go out and play, it's time," Baldelli said.
Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.