The Twins want a resolution to Major League Baseball’s investigation of Miguel Sano before spring training, but they are unlikely to get it until later this month at the earliest.
So Sano will have to face questions in Fort Myers, Fla., about lingering allegations of sexual harassment levied by a Twin Cities photographer.
Meanwhile, manager Paul Molitor is still trying to establish a deeper relationship with Sano to help the talented but enigmatic cleanup hitter reach his full potential as a reliable run-producer and professional.
Molitor told the Pioneer Press this week that he spoke briefly with Sano over the telephone about the allegations.
Sano and the Twins are cooperating with baseball investigators, general manager Thad Levine told SiriusXM Radio in Jan.
Injuries have raised questions about Sano’s durability and weight, which is listed at 260 pounds, and his sense of entitlement since the Twins signed him as a 16-year-old prodigy to a contract that included a $3.15 million bonus.
Molitor said he has enlisted teammates to help Sano focus and hone his craft, but that has produced mixed results.
He returned for the final regular-season series but was not cleared to play third base and was left off the postseason roster when the Twins traveled to New York and lost to the Yankees in the American League wild-card game.