CHICAGO — Twins outfielder and first baseman Alex Kirilloff will undergo season-ending surgery to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist, the club announced Wednesday. The procedure with Dr. Thomas Graham will take place on Friday in Ohio.
Kirilloff was placed on the 10-day injured list on Wednesday, with Willians Astudillo recalled from Triple-A St. Paul in a corresponding move.
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said Kirilloff’s rehab from the procedure is expected to take around eight weeks at the club’s Minor League facility in Fort Myers, Fla., with the hope that the rookie will be able to swing without pain and spend some time around his teammates in Minneapolis before the end of the regular season. Regardless of his recovery, the Twins will not push Kirilloff into any more Major League games in 2021.
“AK had a successful stint in the big leagues, but we knew that his wrist was an issue and it was something that he was playing through,” Baldelli said. “We knew there could be a point in the year where he just could not continue playing through this, and the right and smart thing to do would be to go ahead and have the procedure that we knew was probably coming.”
The issue stems from an injury initially sustained in early May, when the former top prospect missed 16 games due to what was described at the time as a right wrist sprain, which he…