Twins third baseman Miguel Sano is going to miss the first several weeks of the season after undergoing a debridement procedure Tuesday for a cut on his lower right Achilles that would not heal. He is not expect to be ready for game action until May. Sano suffered the cut while celebrating his team winning the Dominican Winter League championship back in January.
Sano, 25, appeared in just 71 games in 2018 but had lost a considerable amount of weight this past offseason and Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said he looked “as good or better as we could have hoped coming into camp.” In his absence, Marwin Gonzalez will likely do most of the work at third base.
Update (9:04 PM EST): The game went into a rain delay with one out in the bottom of the fifth inning of a 2-2 tie, so the game isn’t official yet. Which means the Orioles aren’t yet the official record holders.
A third-inning solo home run by Austin Meadows off of Asher Wojciechowski on Thurday night marked the 259th home run Orioles pitching has allowed this season, setting a new major league record, per MASN’s Roch Kubatko. The previous record was held by the 2016 Reds at 258. Willie Adames hit No. 260, a game-tying solo shot in the fifth inning. The Orioles will have 34 more games to add on to their record after tonight.
The Yankees have famously accounted for 61 of the 260 home runs (23.5%) against Orioles pitchers this season. The Red Sox are next at 28 followed by the Twins and Blue Jays at 23 each.
David Hess has accounted for the most home runs on the O’s staff, yielding 28 dingers. Dylan Bundy is next at 25 homers allowed.
The Orioles are not the only team that will pass the 2016 Reds. The Mariners are on pace to allow 275 home runs. The Yankees, 266. Phillies, 262. Angels, 259. Pretty amazing.