Twins Place Two Starting Infielders On IL To Start Season

It's now official, Minnesota Twins fans. The season will begin with the starting first and second basemen on the injured list. 

That's not an ideal way to begin the 2023 season, but the Twins do have plenty of roster flexibility to deal with it. Neither Kirolloff nor Polanco got into a spring training game at all this year. 

Polanco has been dealing with a knee injury that hasn't healed for seven months now, since he went down at the end of August last season. But he's supposedly getting close, and reports are that he'll miss maybe only a week and a half of the regular season until he's set to return to the lineup. 

Kirilloff, who came into spring as the favorite to land the first base job, has had two wrist surgeries in the last two years, the second one ending his season last August. He's still apparently not ready to go. But he is encouraged by the wrist feels, and at least he's been taking swings this spring. 

“Just being able to recover and take as many swings as I have up to this point without taking a step back has been really positive, so I feel like as long as we can continue that, we’re in a pretty good spot,” Kirilloff said. 

Nick Gordon, Donovan Solano and Kyle Farmer are options to fill in at 2B until Polanco is hopefully ready, while newcomer Joey Gallo could be the new first baseman to start the season. He's only played one regular season game at 1B in the last five years. 

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