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.

Police are keeping reporters away from owners at the owners meetings

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The owners meetings are going on in Arlington, Texas right now and something unusual is happening: the owners are using police to shield them from reporters seeking comment.

Chandler Rome, the Astros beat writer for the Houston Chronicle, attempted to talk to Astros owner Jim Crane at the hotel in which the meetings are taking place. Which makes sense because, duh, Rome covers the Astros and, if you haven’t noticed, the Astros are in the news lately.

Here’s how it went:

This was confirmed by other reporters:

To be clear: this is a radically different way things have ever been handled at MLB meetings of any kind. Reporters — who are credentialed specifically for these meetings at this location, they’re not just showing up — approach the GMs or the owners or whoever as they walk in the public parts of the hotel in which they’re held or in the areas designated for press conferences. It’s not contentious. Usually the figures of interest will stop and talk a bit then move on. If they don’t want to talk they just keep walking, often offering apologies or an excuse about being late for something and say they’ll be available later. It’s chill as far as reporters vs. the powerful tend to go.

But apparently not today. Not at the owners meetings. Now police — who are apparently off duty on contract security, but armed and in full official uniform — are shielding The Lords of Baseball from scrutiny.

We live in interesting times.