Twins’ Alex Kirilloff undergoes shoulder surgery

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Twins president of baseball operations Derek Falvey said earlier this month that the Twins were expecting Alex Kirilloff to need a labrum repair when he underwent surgery on Tuesday with Dr. Neal ElAttrache.

They got some good news.

After imaging and evaluation, the surgeon did not need to repair the labrum or rotator cuff in his right shoulder. Instead, Kirilloff underwent a bursectomy, a procedure to clean up the bursal sac in his shoulder, on Tuesday.

The left-handed Kirilloff first hurt his non-throwing shoulder during the middle of the season and wound up missing more than a month with the injury. He returned in September, though manager Rocco Baldelli later said though they had gotten him “to a reasonably good spot,” he was never back to 100 percent.

After playing through shoulder pain, Kirilloff eventually was placed on the injured list before what would become the final game of the American League Division Series as the issue had gotten progressively worse to the point where he was having difficulty swinging the bat.

“Certain things — diving, reaching, swinging — kind of aggravated (it),” Kirilloff said earlier this month. “It’s something I was obviously dealing with for a while, but kind of gets to the point where you can’t be effective with it.”

The Twins have not yet publicly laid out a recovery timeline for Kirilloff, but they expect him to focus on range of motion and strengthening exercises in the short term before then progressing to his normal offseason conditioning-and-strength program.

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