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Sunday, August 19, 2018

Struggling Miguel Sano ‘happy’ about demotion

Miguel Sano

While some players might have a negative reaction to a demotion, Miguel Sano says he is “happy” about it because he wants to turn things around.

Sano, a prized prospect who slugged 28 home runs to make the All-Star team last year, was demoted by the Minnesota Twins on Thursday. He was batting just .203 with 66 strikeouts in 37 games this season and had missed time with a hamstring injury.

Rather than send him to Triple-A to get more at-bats, the Twins are sending him to extended spring training to help him work on his plate discipline and physical condition.

“I’m not mad. I’m happy because I’m struggling,” Sano said via the Star Tribune. “You know, this is an opportunity they gave me. I know they love me here and everything. … Everybody here trying to help me. It’s a chance to go there and work, and I’ll come back soon.”

That’s a great attitude for Sano to have. It does not sound like he is pouting at all, so maybe the chance to re-work things and hit the reset button will be good for him. It’s even possible for him to be back helping the Twins before long. He still has plenty of talent, so the Twins are probably still keeping him in their longterm plans.

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