Miguel Sanó cleared
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Miguel Sanó cleared to rejoin Twins

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Twins senior director of communications Dustin Morse announced on Wednesday that first baseman Miguel Sanó has been cleared to rejoin the club. He has been added to the player pool and worked out with his teammates at Target Field.

Sanó, 27, tested positive for COVID-19 on July 4. He later tested negative on two consecutive tests.

Last season, Sanó was a big part of the Twins’ league-best offensive barrage, hitting 34 homers and knocking in 79 runs with a .923 OPS over 439 plate appearances. Health has been a big issue for him in the past as he has yet to cross the 500-PA threshold in a season. That obviously won’t happen in 2020’s truncated 60-game season, but the Twins hope he can stay healthy all the same.

The Twins narrowly edged the Yankees in homers last year, 307 to 306. The Twins also ranked second in runs per game (5.8), batting average (.270), and slugging percentage (.494). In the offseason, the club added third baseman Josh Donaldson, which should allow them to continue their power-hitting ways. The Twins open the 2020 regular season on the road, visiting the White Sox on July 24. José Berríos will likely get the Opening Day nod from manager Rocco Baldelli.

Diamondbacks place Bumgarner on IL with back strain

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PHOENIX — Arizona Diamondbacks ace Madison Bumgarner has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a mid-back strain.

The left-hander was lifted after two innings Sunday against San Diego due to back spasms.

The Diamondbacks placed Bumgarner on the injured list Monday and selected the contract of right-hander Jeremy Beasley from their alternate training site.

Bumgarner allowed six runs on five hits in two innings against the Padres to remain winless since signing an $85 million, five-year deal with Arizona last offseason. The four-time All-Star has seen his velocity dip into the upper 80s this season and has a 9.35 ERA after Sunday’s start.

Bumgarner was a four-time All-Star and three-time World Series champion in 11 seasons with San Francisco.

Beasley will be making his major league debut.