The gardener of Minnesota Twins Alex Kirilloff will undergo surgery on his right wrist that will sideline him for the entire season.
Kirilloff, a 2016 first-round pick, will travel with Minnesota for road games in Los Angeles and will have surgery to trim his ulna on Tuesday.
"Any time you talk about shortening a bone, it's a considerable procedure," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said.
"But hopefully lowering him now will give us a chance to get him fine-tuned in the offseason, start hitting again, feel good and get ready for next year," he added.
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It is the second time that Kirilloff's short career has been affected by a wrist injury. In July of last year he underwent a procedure that ended his rookie season. Due to wrist problems he has been on the disabled list twice this season, in April and June.
"As time went on, it started to bother him more to the point where we saw him in his last week of action and it didn't look like he could hit as well as he always did," Baldelli said of Kirilloff, who was not available to speak with reporters this week. Sunday.
Kirilloff, 24, has appeared in 104 games in two years and has a .251 batting average with 11 home runs and 55 RBIs.