Twins rookie OF/1B Alex Kiriloff to have wrist ligament surgery

The Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday that rookie outfielder/first baseman Alex Kiriloff has a ligament tear in his right wrist and will undergo surgery to repair it later this week.

The Twins placed Kiriloff on the 10-day injured list retroactive to Tuesday and recalled catcher/infielder Willians Astudillo from Triple-A St. Paul to take his spot on the 26-man roster.

Kiriloff entered the 2021 season as the top-rated prospect in Minnesota’s minor league system. In 59 games, the 23-year-old has hit eight home runs, 11 doubles and 34 RBIs with 14 walks while batting .251 and slugging .423.

But he dealt with an injury to the same wrist in May, causing him to miss a bit more than two weeks that month with what was termed a wrist sprain at the time.

Astudillo, 29, has played 40 games for the Twins this season and 135 total since 2018. In 2021 he has batted .254 with four home runs — already tied for a career high — and 12 RBIs.

In addition to appearances at first base, second base, third base, right field and catcher, Astudillo has come on to pitch on three separate occasions this season when Minnesota was on the wrong end of a blowout.