The Minnesota Twins are highly anticipating the return of first baseman Alex Kirilloff to the Major League lineup. He had surgery on his wrist in August of 2022 and has been recovering since. There was hope that Kirilloff would be ready for the start of the season, but it has taken slightly longer than expected. The good news is that Kirilloff is thought to be returning soon.
Alex Kirilloff injury update
May 5 update — Kirilloff has been recalled from Triple-A St. Paul after a rehab start. He isn’t in the starting lineup on Friday, but is available off the bench.
#MNTwins have announced the following roster moves ahead of tonight's game: pic.twitter.com/AD6Ky8N7AR— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) May 5, 2023
April 17 update — A major box checked for Kirilloff, with back-to-back games played and no ill effects with his surgically-repaired wrist.
Alex Kirilloff and Jorge Polanco each went 1-for-4 at Single-A Fort Myers today in their first back-to-back games played of the season. #MNTwins— DanHayesMLB (@DanHayesMLB) April 16, 2023
Kirilloff will need a lengthy rehab assignment as he builds up strength, but he’s been swinging the bat well and could finally be ready to make good on his top-prospect promise.
Kirilloff will begin his rehab starts on Tuesday, April 11. He is playing first base and batting third for the team’s Low-A Affiliate. Provided that everything goes well, Kirilloff will likely take some time to progress his way up through the Minors over the next week or two. Assuming that everything goes according to plan, there are no injury setbacks, and he doesn’t start slowly at the plate, Kirilloff should be back in Minnesota by the end of the month.
Alex Kirilloff is beginning a rehab stint with Low-A @MightyMussels tonight. Batting third, playing first.— Brandon Warne (@Brandon_Warne) April 11, 2023
The wrist is concerning in that it has limited Kirilloff the last two seasons. He played in 45 games a season ago and hit .250 with seven doubles, three home runs and 21 RBI. In his two-year career with the Twins, he has a .251 average with 18 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs and 55 RBI over 104 games.