While Miguel Sano was back in the lineup Tuesday after missing 12 games with a leg injury, his focus is on entering next season in better shape.
According to the Twins, Sano plans to head home to the Dominican Republic after the season where he'll work out and eat better in an effort to lose weight that could help him return to his 2017 All-Star form.
"I've got my people to check out that stuff for me," Sano said Tuesday when asked if the Twins will provide him a workout and diet plan. "For me next year, I'll be OK. I'll lose weight and get in better shape. I know who I am and what I can do."
Sano is listed at 260 pounds on the MLB website, but Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press says Sano's weight reached about 290 pounds earlier this season. He's dropped 25 pounds and has an end goal of playing next season between 245-255 pounds.
"Was that in English or Spanish?" manager Paul Molitor said jokingly after hearing Sano wants to get to 245. "The actual number gets a lot of attention. Just do what you need to do to put yourself in a position to be successful. I'm not worried about coming in at [a certain weight]."
Part of the reason Sano's weight ballooned this season is because he had offseason surgery to insert a titanium rod into his leg. It kept him from working out most of the winter, thus putting him behind schedule. He never really caught up and has since played in just 71 games and is hitting a dismal .199 with 13 homers and 41 RBI.
The 25 year old hit .264 with 28 homers and 77 RBI in 2017 before an injury all but ended his season after 114 games.