Twins’ Alex Kirilloff ‘optimistic’ but still adjusting after wrist surgery

Twins outfielder/first baseman Alex Kirilloff has hit OK since returning from the 10-day injured list because of soreness and inflammation in his right wrist, .333 (4 for 12) since May 7. But the Twins’ first-round pick in the 2016 amateur draft said he’s still adjusting to hitting after surgery aimed at mitigating nagging soreness in the wrist.

“Overall, I can swing,” he said before Friday night’s game against the Cleveland Guardians at Target Field. “I feel like I can be effective, but I still feel like I’m in a little bit of a transition period to figuring it out after the surgery.”

Kirilloff had season-ending surgery last July and returned for spring training, but in 10 games through Thursday didn’t have a single extra-base hit in 32 plate appearances. He had a cortisone shot in the wrist on April 14.

The issue, he said, is “a joint where the cartilage is pretty much gone,” causing bones to rub together. Doctors shaved some of that down to create space, he said, but he still feels it sometimes.

“I feel optimistic still,” he said. “I think it feels better than what it did before the shot, so all I can do is keep up what I’m doing in the training room and keep up what I’m doing with my rehab. Hopefully it kind of works itself out.”

Kirilloff said he was told of another correctional procedure called an ulnar shortening osteotomy, which…

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