The Twins placed second baseman Jorge Polanco on the 10-day injured list due to a left hamstring strain. The placement is retroactive to May 18. Infielder Edouard Julien has been called up from Triple-A to take Polanco’s spot on the active roster.
Polanco had to be removed from Wednesday’s game after hurting his hamstring while trying to beat out a grounder. Today’s move sends Polanco back to the injured for the second time this season, as he didn’t play his first game until April 21 since the Twins were taking a cautious approach with a lingering knee injury. Polanco’s 2022 campaign was ended in early September by left knee inflammation, and he didn’t play much in Spring Training since he continued to feel some soreness.
The silver lining is that Polanco has performed well when he’s been able to play, as he has a .284/.327/.484 slash line and four home runs over his 101 plate appearances. While obviously a small sample size this early, Polanco’s 124 wRC+ matches his career best over a full season. A .343 BABIP has played a big role and his strikeout/walk rates are both below average, but Polanco’s .369 xwOBA is also higher than his .349 wOBA.
With Nick Gordon also sidelined with a shin fracture, Minnesota’s infield depth has been thinned, but the Twins do have options to replace Polanco at least in the short term. Donovan Solano and Willi Castro can each get some time at the position, or Kyle Farmer could be moved over from third base if Solano or Castro get a start at the hot corner. Julien will also be in the mix in his second MLB call-up, as he hit .222/.276/.444 in 30 PA during his first appearance in April.
In the bigger picture, losing Polanco for at least 10 days is another blow to a Twins team that has had trouble both staying healthy and delivering consistent offense. Carlos Correa and Christian Vazquez are among the Twins hitter who have yet to really get going at the plate, though Minnesota is still in first place in the AL Central thanks largely to an excellent rotation.
Doesn’t look like his option is going to vest. What happened to his Power ?
If the Twins can be half healthy they can hold onto the central. Enough position player depth and the rotation is doing really well. Only need the bullpen to step up and hold the leads