The Minnesota Twins are gathering information about an accusation that infielder Miguel Sano kidnapped and beat a man in his native Dominican Republic.
Sano, 27, is home while Major League Baseball attempts to start a season postponed by the novel coronavirus pandemic. He signed a three-year, $30 million contract extension in January.
A message left with MLB has not been returned.
According to the Spanish-language Dominican newspaper El Nuevo Diario, Sano was accused by attorney Odalis Ramos of kidnapping his client, beating the man and threatening to hang him on May 6 in San Pedro de Macoris, Sano’s hometown.
Sano denied the allegation, and told the newspaper’s editor the accusation is part of an extortion scheme. He also accused the attorney’s client of raping one of his young relatives and threatened to sue both for 30 million Dominican pesos, about $500,000 in U.S. currency.
“We are aware of the reports and at this point are still trying to gather information,” Twins spokesman Dustin Morse said in a text late Wednesday. “We will continue to monitor the situation and hope to have more as soon as it becomes available.”
As of early Thursday afternoon, there were no updates from the team or the newspaper.
According to an English translation of the El Nuevo Diario story, relatives of the attorney’s client filed a police complaint in San Pedro but charges have yet to be filed relating to any of the accusations. Sano told the newspaper that Ramos said he would drop the accusations for 10 million pesos, about $170,000.
This is not the first time Sano has been accused of unlawful behavior. In December 2017, a female freelance Twins photographer accused Sano of following and physically restraining her after a fan event at Ridgedale Mall in Minnetonka. MLB investigated the incident and did not punish him.
In October 2018, Sano was detained by police after allegedly hitting a police officer with his car and breaking the man’s leg outside a San Pedro nightclub. The incident was deemed an accident and Sano was not charged.