The Minnesota Twins decided All-Star Miguel Sano was too sore to help them in Tuesday's American League (AL) wildcard game against the New York Yankees.
A day after manager Paul Molitor said he planned to use his slugger in some capacity, Sano was left off the 25-man roster for the winner-take-all MLB game at Yankee Stadium.
Sano had returned to the line-up over the weekend after missing nearly six weeks with a stress reaction in his left shin.
He went one for eight with three strikeouts in two starts and a pinch-hit appearance in the final regular-season series against the Detroit Tigers.
But the 24-year-old reported some soreness on Monday, and the Twins opted to carry 11 pitchers on their roster for their game, leaving only five position players on the bench.
If the Twins manage to advance to the Division Series against the Cleveland Indians, they will be able to reset their roster. That would give Sano a few more days to heal before game one in Cleveland on Thursday.