Via Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press:
Twins rookie slugger Miguel Sano was on crutches as he walked into the visiting clubhouse on Sunday morning on O.Co Coliseum.
Twins general manager Terry Ryan said the 22-year-old phenom suffered a sprained right ankle during pregame work before Saturday’s 3-2 loss to the Oakland A’s.
Sano served as the Twins’ designated hitter in that loss despite suffering the injury. He struck out in his first three at-bats but hit a sacrifice fly in the top of the ninth inning and may have made the ankle worse while running it out. Ryan wouldn’t speculate whether the 22-year-old is going to need a disabled list stint.
Sano, one of the top hitting prospects in baseball, has batted .326 with a .992 OPS and nine RBI over his first 13 major league games. It would be a huge loss for the second-place Twins if he needs two weeks off.
Minnesota’s other top rookie, Byron Buxton, has been out since late June with a thumb injury.