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AL Central-leading Twins place Kepler, Sanó on injured list

MLB: Minnesota Twins at Boston Red Sox

Apr 17, 2022; Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Minnesota Twins right fielder Max Kepler (26) is congratulated by first baseman Miguel Sano (22) after scoring a run during the seventh inning against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park. Mandatory Credit: Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

Bob DeChiara-USA TODAY Sports

SAN DIEGO -- The AL Central-leading Minnesota Twins placed outfielder Max Kepler and infielder Miguel Sano on the 10-day injured list Saturday, a big setback for a team with playoff hopes.

Sano’s return to the IL with left knee inflammation is particularly tough because he had returned just four days earlier from missing 75 games after having surgery to repair torn meniscus in the knee in May. He apparently aggravated the knee during his recent rehab assignment. The Twins say he will undergo an MRI when they return to Minneapolis after a weekend series at San Diego.

Sano went 0 for 6 in his three games back.

Kepler broke the fifth toe on his right foot when he was hit by a pitch at Detroit on Sunday. He had gone through workouts and the Twins hoped to keep him on the active roster but decided to shut him down.

Kepler was hitting .244 with nine homers and 39 RBIs.

To take their spots on the roster, the Twins recalled outfielder Mark Contreras and selected the contract of infielder Tim Beckham from Triple-A St. Paul.