Although the injury is not considered severe, Gattis will need 4-to-6 weeks to recover, meaning the Astros will be without the slugger's services for most of the Grapefruit League slate and quite possibly for Opening Day. Jonathan Singleton, Luis Valbuena, Marwin Gonzalez, and Matt Duffy could all be in the running to pick up at-bats as the designated hitter until Gattis returns.
Sano has been working on his outfield defense in his native Dominican Republic and the Twins say they'll bring Torii Hunter in as a special assistant in spring training to help him to learn the new position. It may have looked like a ploy to increase Trevor Plouffe's trade value early in the offseason, but Sano's move to the outfield looks set to happen with the Twins recently agreeing to a one-year, $7.25 million deal with Plouffe. Of course, Sano will still have to demonstrate he can play the outfield in spring training and not be a major liability on defense.
He is not hurt, but simply felt it would be a better use of his offseason to work on what appears to be an impending position change to the outfield. Working on his conditioning will also prove key to a move to the outfield, so it is good to see that Sano is being proactive about this switch. However, there are still a variety of scenarios that would result in Sano playing more third base or DH than outfield in 2016. Regardless of where he plays, Sano will probably hit cleanup and serve as a great source of home runs and RBI.