Twins' Kirilloff to have season-ending wrist surgery

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Minnesota Twins' Alex Kirilloff glances at the scoreboard during the ninth inning of the team's baseball game against the Chicago White Sox, Friday, July 15, 2022, in Minneapolis. The White Sox won 6-2. (AP Photo/Craig Lassig) (ASSOCIATED PRESS)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Minnesota Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff will undergo season-ending surgery on his right wrist, the team announced Sunday.

Kirilloff, a 2016 first-round draft pick, will travel with Minnesota on its road trip to Los Angeles and undergo ulnar shortening surgery on Tuesday.

“Any time you’re talking about shaving a bone down or shortening a bone, I mean that’s a substantial procedure,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “But we’re hopeful that by getting it down now gives us a chance to use the offseason to get right, to start swinging the bat again, to feel good, and to start getting ready for next year.”

It’s the second time in Kirilloff’s short career in the majors that he’s had a season end early because of a wrist injury. A procedure last July on the same wrist ended his rookie season. He landed on the injured list twice this season, in April and June, because of issues with the wrist.

“As time went on, it just started to bother him more and more, to the point where we as a group were watching him hit in his final week of action, and didn’t look like he could put the good swing on the ball that he can do,” Baldelli said of Kirilloff, who was not made available to reporters on Sunday.

Kirilloff, 24, has played 104 games in two years and batted .251 with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs.

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