Sano exits with left hand contusion after HBP

August 5th, 2017

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins third baseman left Friday's game against the Rangers in the sixth inning of the Twins' 8-4 win with a left hand contusion after getting hit by a pitch from Rangers reliever Tony Barnette. X-rays were negative, and Sano is day to day.

The 91.6-mph fastball from Barnette hit Sano on his left hand, near the same area where he was hit by a pitch from Dodgers reliever Josh Fields on July 24. That injury caused Sano to be held out of the starting lineup for two games.

"I was a little bit worried about that one between the sound and the ricochet," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "The last one was more [on the wrist], this one was more on the top hand by the pinkie finger. The X-rays are negative but I'm sure he'll be a little sore."

Sano, 24, has been Minnesota's best hitter this season, batting .270/.358/.520 with 25 homers and 71 RBIs in 100 games.