Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano is not on the team’s roster for Tuesday night’s American League Wild Card game against the New York Yankees.
Sano was activated from the 10-day disabled list on Friday after missing more than a month with a stress fracture in his left shin suffered on Aug. 18. He was originally expected to be available off the bench against the Yankees, but the Twins opted to go with 11 pitchers after Sano struggled with his timing at the plate over the weekend.
Sano went 1-for-8 with three strikeouts while starting games against the Detroit Tigers on Saturday and Sunday. He batted .264 with 28 home runs and 77 RBIs in 114 games during the regular season.
Sano took batting practice in the indoor cage and ran in the outfield during the Twins’ workout at Yankees Stadium on Monday, but did not speak with the media, per MLB.com.
For the Yankees, CC Sabathia was included on Tuesday’s roster rather than Jaime Garcia, despite Sabathia pitching on Saturday. However, he could be available out of the bullpen in a lengthy extra-innings game.
The winner of Tuesday night’s game will be able to reset its roster for the AL Divisional Series.