The Minnesota Twins optioned Miguel Sano to their Single-A affiliate in Fort Myers, Florida, on Thursday in hopes the move helps the former All-Star third baseman get back on track.
Manager Paul Molitor made the announcement after Thursday’s 3-1 loss to the Tigers, one in which Sano was not in the lineup.
Molitor told reporters he wasn’t unhappy with Sano’s effort, but believed the move would help the 25-year-old work on all parts of his game.
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Sano is hitting just .203 with seven home runs and 27 RBIs this season. He’s also made four errors in 25 games. Sano, an All-Star in 2017, has never played in more than 116 games in the majors due to injuries.
Last season, the Dominican Republic-born Sano slugged 21 home runs before the All-Star break but was hindered by injuries in the second half.
In December, photographer Betsy Bissen alleged Sano grabbed her wrist and tried to pull her inside a bathroom at a store in a mall after an autograph session in 2015. Sano denied the allegations and MLB did not discipline after completing an investigation into what happened.