Twins Place Outfielder On IL With Wrist Problem

Seen last season as a premier top-flight prospect, Minnesota Twins outfielder Alex Kirilloff is off to a dreadful start this season, and now to add injury to insult, he's back on the injured list with a recurrence of a wrist problem that plagued him last year. 

It's the 5th time in his career, including the minors, that he's been placed on the IL with wrist injuries. It derailed what was a promising start after his call-up last season, as he had season-ending wrist surgery in July. This year Kirilloff was hitting just .059 (1 for 17) with 7 strikeouts and no walks, before succumbing to it once again.

Kirilloff says he's never been totally pain-free since the surgery last year, and "this is just one long, continuous puzzle to try to figure out, so just try to put the pieces together."

He was a first round pick (15th) by the Twins in the 2016 June amateur draft. The 24-year-old's future, as of now, seems to be in doubt until he can get this wrist thing straightened out. 

To replace Kirilloff, the Twins called up outfielder Trevor Larnach, also a former first-round pick by the Twins (20th overall, in 2018). He hit .223 with a .672 OPS in his first taste of the big leagues last season. 

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