Miguel Sano out Sunday with sprained right ankle

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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.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.