Kirilloff will have wrist surgery; Twins recall Astudillo from St. Paul

CHICAGO — Alex Kirilloff of the Twins has elected to have season-ending surgery on his injured right wrist.

The 23-year-old rookie has been playing despite a torn ligament; the Twins said the surgery will be later this week by noted hand surgeon Thomas Graham in Ohio. The rehab time after the surgery will be eight weeks, and he’ll do most of the rehab at the Twins’ facility in Fort Myers, Fla., manager Rocco Baldelli said.

Playing first base and the outfield, Kirilloff is hitting .251 with eight home runs and 34 RBI.

Willians Astudillo will be recalled from St. Paul, where he is hitting .281 with two home runs. Astudillo hit .254 in 41 games with the Twins before being sent down.

Miguel Sano, who doubled in last night’s 9-5 loss to the White Sox, figures to return to everyday status at first base in the absence of Kirilloff, who played the position against right-handed pitching. He’s in the lineup, batting sixth, for tonight’s series finale. Michael Pineda, who has not pitched in two weeks, is on the mound.

Here are the lineups for tonight’s 7:10 p.m. game against the White Sox.


Kepler RF

Polanco 2B

Cruz DH

Donaldson 3B

Larnach LF

Sanó 1B

Gordon CF

Jeffers C

Simmons SS

Pineda RHP


Anderson SS

Engel CRF

Abreu 1B

Moncada 3B

Vaughn LF

Garcia 2B

Burger DH

Collins C

Hamilton CF

Cease RHP

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