Miguel Sano is being left off of the Twins’ roster for the AL Wild Card game.
Sano, who has been suffering from a stress reaction in his left shin, played late in the regular season and worked out yesterday. It had appeared that the Twins were leaning toward having him available at least off the bench, but they’re obviously not confident he’ll be an asset in their loser goes home match against the Yankees.
Sano hit .264/.352/.507 with 28 homers in 114 games for the Twins this year. They obviously would love to have his bat in the lineup, but he looked rusty and unsure in eight at bats late in the season and, of course, the Twins managed to win the Wild Card without him being there for over a month in the final stages of the season.
If the Twins advance he will be able to be placed on the ALDS roster.
Phillies starter Jerad Eickhoff hasn’t pitched in the majors yet this season as he suffered a lat injury in mid-March and has been on the disabled list since. He started a rehab stint in the minors last week, making a start for Double-A Reading on May 15 and another start for Triple-A Lehigh Valley on Sunday.
Meghan Montemurro of The Athletic reports that Eickhoff went a twinge in the fingertips of his right index and middle fingers late in Sunday’s outing after throwing a curve and on the subsequent pitch. The Phillies have paused Eickhoff’s rehab as a result and will evaluate him further.
Eickhoff went on the disabled list in late August last year due to nerve irritation in his right hand, so this latest setback could be related to that.
Eickhoff showed promise early in his career, posting a combined 3.44 ERA in 41 starts between 2015-16. He struggled to a 4.71 ERA last year before ending his season early with the nerve issue. Eickhoff was one of the many prospects the Phillies got from the Rangers in the Cole Hamels trade.