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Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Full strength as spring games begin
Kirilloff went 1-for-3 in Sunday's spring training loss to Boston as he looks fully healthy after offseason shoulder surgery. "He's in a lot better shape than we originally thought he was going to be in when the offseason started," manager Rocco Badelli stated, per Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic.
Despite surgery in October to repair the labrum in his right shoulder, Kirilloff has played in the first two spring training games, which is a sign the team is confident in his health. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli told The Athletic that he doesn't view first base as a strict platoon since Carlos Santana is a switch hitter, meaning both could be in a lineup against righties. However, Kirilloff would likely play more DH in that scenario with Santana seen as the better glove at first base. It's still not clear how much Kirilloff will play against left-handed pitching or if he'll be used in the outfield.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Taking live batting practice
Kirilloff (shoulder) is scheduled to take live batting practice Monday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Kirilloff had surgery in October to repair the labrum in his right shoulder but appears to be all systems go at the start of spring training. The 26-year-old tentatively projects to see most of his starts in the designated hitter spot this season, although some action at first base and the outfield is also likely, assuming his health holds up.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Aims for start of spring schedule
Kirilloff (shoulder) is on track for live at-bats in February and hopes to be game-ready when the Twins' spring training schedule begins, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Kirilloff underwent surgery in October to repair the labrum in his right shoulder, but the operation wound up being less invasive than initially expected. He began hitting in January and has been ramping things up of late. Kirilloff projects as the starting first baseman assuming he's ready to roll Opening Day, but nothing is assured given his history of health issues.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Avoids arbitration
Kirilloff (shoulder) agreed to a one-year, $1.35 million contract with the Twins on Thursday, avoiding arbitration, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Kirilloff had minor offseason shoulder surgery and is expected to be ready for spring training. He should be in line for at least the strong side of a platoon in 2024, but Kirilloff has averaged just 64 games per season since he debuted in 2021, so durability is the primary concern for the 26-year-old.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: No tear in shoulder labrum
No labrum tear was discovered during Kirilloff's recent shoulder surgery, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Kirilloff, accordingly, required a less invasive procedure than initially anticipated and seems to have a good shot of being fully recovered by the beginning of spring training next February. The 25-year-old battled right (non-throwing) shoulder issues in the second half of the 2023 regular season and was removed from the Twins' postseason roster before Game 4 of the ALDS because of renewed discomfort. When healthy, he put up a .793 OPS with 11 home runs across 319 plate appearances for the American League Central champions.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Set for shoulder surgery
Kirilloff will undergo surgery later this month to repair the labrum in his right shoulder, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Kirilloff initially injured his shoulder in July and more recently had to be removed from the Twins' ALDS roster after suffering a setback. It's not clear at this point how long his rehab will take, but it wouldn't be a surprise if he's at least somewhat limited in spring training. It's yet another surgery for Kirilloff, who previously has had two different operations on his wrist.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Off roster due to shoulder injury
Kirilloff was removed from the Twins' ALDS roster Wednesday because of a right shoulder injury, Bobby Nightengale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Kirilloff missed all of August with a right shoulder strain and the injury seems to have resurfaced in some capacity here in the 2023 postseason. Twins manager Rocco Baldelli declined to get into specifics but noted that the 25-year-old first baseman and corner outfielder was having trouble taking full swings. Byron Buxton (knee) has been activated in a corresponding move ahead of ALDS Game 4 against the Astros on Wednesday night at Target Field.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Placed on injured list
Kirilloff (undisclosed) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday ahead of ALDS Game 4 against the Astros.
There are no further details yet, but Kirilloff must have suffered a fairly serious injury in the Twins' Game 3 loss, as he will now officially be out through the ALCS. Byron Buxton (knee) has replaced Kirilloff on Minnesota's active roster for what remains of the best-of-five ALDS.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Not in lineup for Game 4
Kirilloff is not in the lineup Wednesday for Game 4 of the ALDS against the Astros.
Willi Castro, Michael Taylor and Max Kepler will start across the outfield for the Twins as they take on right-hander Jose Urquidy at Target Field. Kirilloff has gone 1-for-13 with a single, two walks and four strikeouts so far in the 2023 postseason.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: On bench Sunday
Kirilloff is out of the lineup for Game 2 of the ALDS against the Astros on Sunday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
The 25-year-old will head to the bench for the second game of the series with southpaw Framber Valdez on the mound for Houston. Kirilloff is hitless in five at-bats through three playoff games, though he has worked a pair of walks.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Sitting versus lefty
Kirilloff is absent from the lineup Friday at Colorado.
Donovan Solano will play first base and bat leadoff as the Twins take on Rockies left-hander Ty Blach. Kirilloff, a left-handed hitter, has slashed just .125/.232/.250 in 56 plate appearances versus southpaws this year.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Drives in three runs
Kirilloff went 1-for-2 with a home run and three RBI in Friday's win over the Angels.
Kirilloff's solo shot in the sixth inning sparked a five-run surge for the Angels. He also had sacrifice flies in the fourth and seventh frames. He has two home runs in his last three games after snapping a 15-game drought. Kirilloff is slashing .267/.343/.439 with 24 extra-base hits and 38 RBI through 81 games.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Not starting Saturday
Kirilloff will be on the bench for Saturday's game against the Angels, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
The Twins made several changes to the lineup after clinching a playoff berth Friday night, though Kirilloff may have been on the bench either way with lefty Kenny Rosenberg starting for Los Angeles. Jordan Luplow gets the start at first base.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Riding pine Wednesday
Kirilloff is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Reds.
The Twins have not faced a lefty starter in over a week, so this seems like a scheduled rest day for Kirilloff with another righty (Hunter Greene) on tap. Kirilloff has started in six of the last eight games against opposite-handed pitching. Donovan Solano is manning first base and hitting third.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Out of lineup Sunday
Kirilloff is not in the lineup Sunday versus the White Sox.
Kirilloff, who returned Sept. 9 from a shoulder injury, will get a breather Sunday. Since the 25-year-old's return, he is 7-for-25. Kyle Farmer will take his place in the lineup.... See More ... See Less
Twins' Alex Kirilloff: Taking seat Tuesday
Kirilloff is absent from the lineup for Tuesday's contest versus the Rays.
The Twins will turn to Donovan Solano at first base against right-hander Zack Littell. Kirilloff has now started three of five games since returning from the injured list, although this is the first one he's sat out versus a righty.... See More ... See Less
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