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Twins place Kirilloff on injured reserve with wrist issue

Wrist injury derailed by Alex Kirilloff rookie season and also threatens to disrupt his second campaign.

The Twins announced ahead of Wednesday’s game against the Dodgers that the 24-year-old would be heading to the 10-day injured list with right wrist pain. Kirilloff had played in all five games for the Twins this season and was expected to be in the lineup Wednesday.

” He entered [to the season] in a very good place, but it’s something that kind of slipped into the situation,” the manager said. Rocco Baldelli mentioned. “I don’t believe it was a swing. I don’t believe it was anything like that, but it’s something where the pain just came back.”

The Pittsburgh native injured his wrist for the first time while playing Class AA ball in 2019, missing the start of the season. He came back after a month and played, but he ended up coming back to IL for a few weeks in June as the wrist pain persisted.

Kirilloff said that injury, however, was in a different area of ​​his wrist. A separate part bothered him in his 2021 rookie year last season, when he dove into second base in a game. He played for about three weeks after his call-up in mid-April before the wrist issue sent him to IL. He returned on May 21 but was back on the IL a month later. And at the end of July, he had chosen to undergo an operation at the end of the season to repair a torn ligament in this wrist.

Kirilloff had imaging done on Wednesday and will travel to Ohio on Thursday to see the same orthopedic surgeon, Thomas Graham.

Since last season, Kirilloff has said he hasn’t been able to swing without pain. And while he went through a bit of discomfort in 2021 after receiving a cortisone shot, he’s more determined to fix the problem this time around instead of masking it.

“It’s just frustrating,” Kirilloff said. “It’s just one long continuous puzzle trying to figure it out. So just try to put the pieces together.”

The twins called Trevor Larnach Class AAA St. Paul in place of Kirilloff. Larnach can play left field, while Baldelli said Luis Arraez is another utility player who can cover left field or first base, where Kirilloff has also appeared on the depth board.

Moving the bullpen

In addition to Kirilloff, the Twins had to make another roster change Wednesday after Tuesday’s rain-delayed game ended after midnight. The Twins have the day off Thursday before embarking on a week-long road trip to Boston and Kansas City and needed fresh arms after using seven relievers in the 7-2 loss to LA.

The designated twins Jharel Cotton for assignment and called Derek Rodriguez Class AAA St. Paul. Rodriguez contributed four innings Wednesday, giving up three homers. Cotton has pitched two innings in two games for the Twins this season, including allowing three walks in the final inning of Tuesday’s 7-2 loss.

“We talked about Jharel finding the zone and such, but also the fact that when you run out of options it also becomes a very difficult situation for these guys,” Baldelli said. “I wish it wasn’t, but it is, and I think that’s at least part of the thinking too.”

To make a break

Given the length of Tuesday’s game, Baldelli gave his two best players some breathing space on Wednesday morning. Shortstop Carlos Correa did not play at all as a centre-back Byron Buxton was 0 for 3 as the designated hitter.