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Polanco Undergoes Ankle Surgery, Full Recovery by Spring Expected

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The Minnesota Twins announced on Wednesday morning that Jorge Polanco underwent surgery on Friday, Nov. 22 in Los Angeles to correct a right ankle impingement. Dr. Richard Ferkel performed the procedure — termed an arthroscopic debridement.

According to the Twins, the injury was a chronic one that occurs due to repetitive stress, so it was not caused by any specific instance.

Polanco will be in a boot to protect the ankle and the incision for a few weeks, and will begin working on range of motion immediately with strengthening exercises coming over the next week or two.

The expectation is that Polanco will be 100 percent when spring training convenes next February in Fort Myers, Fla. Polanco, who turns 27 next July, hit .295/.356/.485 in 153 games for the Twins this season, and was named the American League starter at shortstop in the All-Star Game — his first midsummer classic nod.

Polanco signed a long-term deal with the Twins that will keep him in Minnesota through the 2023 season with options for 2024-25.

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