MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The Minnesota Twins placed outfielder/first baseman Joey Gallo on the 10-day injured list on Friday with a left foot contusion.
The Gallo move was retroactive to Sept. 6, and the Twins activated first baseman/outfielder Alex Kirilloff (right shoulder strain) from the IL after his rehab assignment.
Kirilloff, who last played with the Twins on July 29, was 12 for 27 with two home runs and six RBIs in a six-game rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul. He was in Minnesota's lineup Friday for the series opener against the New York Mets, batting sixth and playing first base.
“We wanted to make sure by sending him to St. Paul and letting AK play for a little while that he was truly feeling good and feeling good the following day," Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said. “Because it's not just about whether his shoulder is good for one day. It's can he play the rest of the season and be productive.”
The 25-year-old Kirilloff has appeared in 69 games for the Twins this season, hitting eight homers and driving in 32 runs while splitting time at first base, the outfield, and designated hitter.
Baldelli said Gallo hit a ball off his foot, which led to his stint on the injured list. The nine-year veteran is hitting .177, with 21 homers and 40 RBIs in 111 games this season, his first with the Twins.
“Just not feeling great. We'll probably learn more the more he gets looked at over the next few days," Baldelli said of the 29-year-old Gallo. ___
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