Wednesday, November 30, 2022

Alex Kiriloff to join Triple-A Saints at rehab on Tuesday


Alex Kiriloff will take a big step toward a comeback on Tuesday when he travels across the city for St. Kirilloff, who was injured due to a swelling in his right wrist since April 13, recently started swinging and has recovered.

On Tuesday, when the Saints begin their homestand, plans to be with them to begin rehab work for Kiriloff. He is expected to serve as their designated hitter on Tuesday and then play in the field for nine innings on Wednesday. After that, the twins will assess how he is doing and his possible preparation for a return.

“I don’t think I’ll be happy until he can go out there and show that he’s feeling good and he can do some good swings on the balls and then come back the next day and do it again, Manager Rocco Baldelli said. “We’re building this for the long haul, and we need to believe in him that he can do it too.”

Kirilloff received a cortisone shot in the wrist last week. It’s the same wrist he surgically repaired last July, and the cortisone shot will help ease his pain.

Imaging didn’t reveal structural damage within Kiriloff’s wrist, so now the challenge for the 24-year-old is learning how to manage the pain he’s feeling.

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“I personally think I can still be as effective with my wrist as it is now,” Kiriloff said earlier in the week. “It’s just about managing the pain and figuring it all out.”

catcher update

Ryan Jeffers suffered a late bruise on Sunday after recently carrying the ball to his left knee. While there were potential pinch opportunities for him, Baldelli said the Twins were going to stay away from him in Sunday’s series finale against the White Sox.

Gary Sanchez also dropped out of the lineup, missing his third game in a row. He suffered a bruise on Friday just before the start of the game, as his stomach tightened on him while playing the catch.

“When I threw the ball, I felt like a stab and then it got really tight and then I stopped,” Sanchez said through the interpreter. “I didn’t want to make it worse.”

Sanchez said this is the first time he has suffered such an injury, but he is feeling progressively better every day. He was relieved after receiving the results of his magnetic resonance imaging and finding that it was not an oblique injury that would have kept him out of action for a long time.

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archer short start

Chris Archer’s debut on Sunday lasted just three innings. It was pre-planned, Archer and Baldelli said.

Archer conceded two runs in the 6-4 win over the White Sox – one home run on the first pitch of the game and one in the third inning. The small start allowed the twins to get Josh Winder in his first appearance in more than a week for an extended outing.

“Just from a workload standpoint, we talked about it the day after pitching in Kansas City,” Archer said. “(Pitching coach) Wes (Johnson) told me it would be a short outing in the 50 to 60 pitch range. I was hoping to deliver a little more than what I did. But it worked.”

Archer has dealt with injuries during the past few seasons, missing 2020 altogether and pitching in just six matches last year. He signed his deal with the twins even after the camp started.

In response, the twins are carefully monitoring her workload.

“It’s the first time in quite a long time that he’s on a regular five-day rest,” Baldelli said. “…we’re so happy where he is and he’ll be ready to start his next, but we wanted to pull it back a hair for this start.”

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