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Twins’ injury updates: Nick Gordon to the injured list, Jorge Polanco’s status uncertain, Joey Gallo OK

Filling Gordon's roster spot was Kyle Garlick in the trip to Los Angeles

Minnesota Twins center fielder Nick Gordon reacts after hitting the ball off his leg during an at bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning Wednesday in Los Angeles.
Minnesota Twins center fielder Nick Gordon reacts after hitting the ball off his leg during an at bat against the Los Angeles Dodgers during the fifth inning Wednesday in Los Angeles.
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ANAHEIM, Calif. — Nick Gordon was placed on the injured list, where he will remain for a substantial amount of time. Jorge Polanco might need a stint on the injured list, as well, though the Minnesota Twins have not yet made a call on him. And Joey Gallo should be good to go.

Those were the assessments the Twins had made by the beginning of the weekend, two days after all three had left Wednesday’s quite literally painful loss against the Dodgers.

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Gordon fractured his right tibia when he fouled a ball off himself. The utilityman has returned home, where Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said he would undergo further imaging.

“He’s not going to be playing any baseball any time soon, unfortunately,” Baldelli said.

To fill his spot on the roster, the Twins recalled outfielder Kyle Garlick, the only player the Twins brought to Southern California from Triple-A as an injury replacement on their Thursday off day.

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They don’t yet know whether they will wind up making a move for Polanco, who suffered a left hamstring strain running the bases on Wednesday. For now, the Twins will use the immediate period of time to assess him and whether he can get back on the field within a matter of days.

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“If Polo’s going to be OK in a couple of days, I think we’re just going to wait it out and bring him back,” Baldelli said. “If Polo’s likely not going to get ramped up until next Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and we’re starting to talk into the beginning part of the next week, I think we’re going to talk seriously about making some sort of move. The last thing we need is him going out there at 60% to try to play.”

As for Gallo, the last of the three, he also was not in the lineup on Friday as the Twins faced off against a lefty, but Baldelli said he was doing fine and the Twins were fortunate that he evaded serious injury unlike Gordon.

“He doesn’t feel pain like a normal human,” Baldelli said.

Replacing Gordon

When someone gets hurt at the big league level, chatter starts to sweep through the Triple-A clubhouse about a potential replacement. It’s inevitable.

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Kyle Garlick

“People try to play GM or people try to speculate a little bit of what move is going to be made. So whenever someone goes down, whispers kind of go throughout the clubhouse, talk starts happening,” Garlick said. “‘Who’s the person who’s going to go up?’ You try not to let that really get in your mind because you can’t control what happens. Whatever happens, happens.”

This time, it was Garlick, who welcomed a return trip to the big leagues, as well as a trip home. Garlick arrived Thursday morning and had a chance to see his girlfriend and dad and sleep in his own bed — he owns a condo about 30 minutes from Angel Stadium, he said.

Garlick can man the corner outfield spots, which he will do primarily against lefties. He was in the lineup on Friday night and the Twins face another lefty on Saturday. Gordon was also seeing playing time in center field, along with Michael A. Taylor. With him out of the equation, expect to see more of the versatile Willi Castro in center.

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Briefly

Baldelli is not expecting Max Kepler (left hamstring strain) to return immediately when eligible to come off the injured list early next week. … Louie Varland will take the ball on Saturday opposed by left-hander Patrick Sandoval. … Angels star Mike Trout was not in the starting lineup Friday against the Twins.

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