Sano hopes to rebound after minors stint
MINNEAPOLIS—Miguel Sano was in the Twins' lineup batting seventh Monday, July 30, his third game back from a six-week rehab assignment spent mostly conditioning at Class A Fort Myers.
In his first two games back, Sano was 0 for 7 with five strikeouts and no walks. Before being recalled Saturday, July 28, he spent nine games at Triple-A Rochester, hitting .267 with two home runs, five runs batted in, six walks and eight strikeouts.
He hit .328 in 19 games with the Miracle.
"It's not the same pitchers as here; it's a lot of young kids," Sano said. "They throw fastballs and changeups and everything, but it's not the same approach. Here, it's a different game. So, the sooner I get my timing, everything can change, so I'm not worried about that. We've got time, so everything can change."
Sano was an all-star in 2017 after hitting .264 with 28 homers and 77 RBIs in just 114 games but struggled this season after an offseason complicated by surgery to repair a shin injury. Before being sent back to the minors on June 14, he was hitting .203 with seven homers, 27 RBIs and 66 strikeouts in 37 games.
"I don't think I'll have any problem with hitting," Sano said Monday. "My whole life, that's all I've had to do, hitting. So I don't I'll have any problem with that. ... We're pushing hard and working every day, and good things are coming."
In his first at-bat Monday, Sano hit an RBI double to the gap in left-center, then was picked off second for the second out of the inning.
Traded to the New York Yankees just before first pitch on Monday, Lance Lynn regretted not being the player the Twins thought they were getting on a one-year, $12 million free-agent deal.
"I really enjoyed my time here," he said. "I wish I could have done better. Got off to a late start, but I really enjoyed everybody here, they were great to me."
Lynn, 31, didn't sign with the Twins until March 12, so he missed most of training camp. Still, he made five April starts and went 0-5 with an 8.37 earned-run average, walking 26 batters and fanning 23 in 23 2/3 innings.
"That was something new and that I've never been a part of, trying to play catch up," he said. "I was able to rebound after an ugly April and have success here after that. Hopefully, I can keep building off of that. I've got a lot of good things accomplished here with the pitching coaches."
Lynn said he's ready to start or pitch out of the bullpen for the Yankees, who started Monday 5 1/2 games behind Boston in the American League East but first in the AL wild-card race.
Left-hander Jose Mejia will start in Lynn's place in Wednesday's series finale against the Indians.
Reliever Addison Reed was activated from a short rehab assignment (triceps tightness) and took the place of Zach Duke on the active roster. Duke was traded to Seattle for two prospects.