CLEVELAND -- Minnesota Twins third baseman Miguel Sano took 60 swings on Wednesday, a positive step as he tries to recover in time for the postseason.
Sano has been on the disabled list since Aug. 20 with a stress reaction in his left shin. He's not traveling with the team and worked out back in Minnesota.
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Chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said Sano's status for the playoffs remains uncertain, but "wouldn't rule out" placing him on the AL wild-card game roster, even if he was limited to pinch-hitting duties. Minnesota entered its game at Cleveland with a magic number of one to clinch its first playoff spot since 2010.
"Putting a date or a timetable on this injury is tough, but this was step one," Falvey said inside the Twins' clubhouse at Progressive Field. "Miguel is in a better spot now, and we're taking it day by day. We want to get him to a place that's comfortable for him to play."
Sano is batting .267 with 28 homers, 77 RBIs and a team-high 170 strikeouts in 111 games. The first-time All-Star fouled a ball off his left shin on Aug. 18 against Arizona and played the next day before being placed on the 10-day DL.
Falvey said Sano was recently examined by orthopedic specialists in New York and North Carolina. They confirmed the diagnosis of a stress reaction and concurred with the Twins' rehabilitation plan.
"A lot of times with a young player, there is a little fear when they have an injury like this for the first time," Falvey said. "That's why we had him visit two specialists. They didn't see anything beyond a stress reaction, and I think that put Miguel at ease a little bit."