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Miguel Sano spotted with brace on foot, may wear it up to 10 days

Miguel Sano was spotted entering the Minnesota Twins’ clubhouse in Fort Myers, Fla., sporting a walking brace on his right foot, and the Star Tribune’s La Velle E. Neal reports it could be between seven and 10 days before the slugger is able to shed it.

Sano suffered a laceration on his lower right leg while celebrating his hometown winter league team’s Dominican championship back on Jan. 23, and having to be outfitted with a brace certainly is a disappointing setback as spring training gets underway.

The 25-year-old, who battled weight issues as his promising career cratered out last season, rededicated himself this past offseason to a stricter diet and workout regimen that included yoga. Sano is said to have lost approximately 25 pounds, and made a point on several occasions this week to say he feels “great.”

“New year, 2019, everything’s in the past,” Sano said Sunday. “It’s just good to see something different for now and the new Miguel Sano. We’ve got a great team, so we look at the positive stuff, so the negatives we’re leaving in the past.”

“He was happy to come out, he was in a good mood and he’s feeling great,” added new Twins manager Rocco Baldelli, via the Star Tribune. “I’m encouraged with how he says he feels. … As far as the way he’s moving around, to the eye, he’s moving around well.”

As noted, Sano suffered through a disastrous 2018 campaign, batting an abysmal .199 with only 13 home runs and 41 RBI, not to mention putting up a staggering 115 strikeouts in only 266 at-bats in 71 games. Things got so bad that the Twins sent Sano down to Class A in June to get him back on track, a goal that was never realized.

Sano was unavailable for comment Tuesday morning, and it’s unclear what sort of on-field work, if any, he’ll be able to get in over the coming days.