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Twins’ Miguel Sanó having knee surgery, no timeline for return

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Mar 27, 2022; Fort Myers, Florida, USA; Minnesota Twins first baseman Miguel Sano (22) connects for an infield hit in the fourth inning of the game against the Boston Red Sox during spring training at CenturyLink Sports Complex. Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports

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BALTIMORE -- Minnesota Twins infielder Miguel Sano will undergo surgery to repair a meniscus tear in his left knee and there’s no timeframe for his return, manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Sano was placed on the 10-day injured list. He sustained the injury on April 26 while celebrating Minnesota’s 5-4 victory over the Tigers, a game decided on the final play.

“He did try to play through it but he did something during the course of that game, and we had to take him out,” Baldelli said.

Sano was not in the clubhouse before the Twins faced the Orioles. Baldelli said the procedure will take place later this week.

“He was definitely in favor of getting this done, and I think our medical staff agrees with him,” Badelli said.

It’s uncertain how long Sano will be sidelined.

“I don’t have a timeline,” Baldelli said.

It’s been a difficult season for the 28-year-old Sano, who’s batting .093 (5 for 54) with one home run. Making matters worse was that he’s going to miss time after sustaining an injury during a postgame celebration.

“There’s no way to talk about (the injury) without mentioning that,” Baldelli said. “Frankly, dwelling on that doesn’t accomplish much. The guy just wants to get (the surgery) done as quickly as possible so he can get back on the field.”

Sano broke into the majors with the Twins in 2015 and he spent his entire career with the club. He hit 34 homers in 2019 and 30 last season.