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#1 Seth Stohs

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 08:25 AM

Thad Levine told assembled media in Ft. Myers this morning that Twins 2016 first-round pick Alex Kirilloff will have Tommy John surgery next week.Kirilloff left a game late last August with elbow discomfort. It caused him to miss the Elizabethton playoff series and Florida Instructional League. He has been in Ft. Myers most of the time since rehabbing.

In a recent Q&A with Twins Daily, Kirilloff was optimistic about his rehab and looking forward to spring training.

SS: You missed the end of the season with an elbow injury. Can you recall exactly what happened? How has the rehab process been, and how are you doing at this point?
AK: The rehab process has been great. Biggest thing for me is just having patience with it. I'm super excited to get back on the field for spring training.

The surgery will be performed by Dr. David Altchek.

The Twins Daily choice as the Twins #3 prospect will be away from baseball activities for the next five month and he hopes to be back for Instructional League in nine-months.

Several Twins have had Tommy John surgery including Miguel Sano who had the surgery three years ago. Another position player in the organization who has had the surgery is Twins manager Paul Molitor. He had the surgery in 1984 when he was a third baseman for the Brewers.

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#2 Vanimal46

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 08:32 AM

Bummer. Wishing him a quick recovery. 

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 08:33 AM

Do you think that when Pohlad was interviewing potential GMs he told them they had to retain the training and medical staffs because they are lovable?
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#4 clutterheart

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 08:43 AM

Welcome to the Twins Mr Levine!  Anything that can go wrong, will.

 

 

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#5 Dantes929

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 08:44 AM

Sometimes I think that the day after we draft and sign these guys we should just do this surgery and get it over with.

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 08:45 AM

I'm trying to remind myself it could be worse - this could be Berrios, May, or one of our pitching prospects that is almost major-league ready - but still this hurts.

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#7 Brock Beauchamp

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 08:50 AM

Damn it all. Man, the Twins keep drawing the short straw with these TJ surgeries for position players.

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:03 AM

Almost impossibly unlucky, this organization.


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:08 AM

Rats.  Just awful.  Here's hoping for a speedy recovery.  Remember, Sano had Tommy John and he came back and has been fine.  No need to panic. 

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:18 AM

 

I'm trying to remind myself it could be worse - this could be Berrios, May, or one of our pitching prospects that is almost major-league ready - but still this hurts.

We are still a month away from Opening Day. Don't tempt fate!

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:27 AM

Rhett Bollinger wrote that he had a platelet injection before the R&R.It makes more sense then.Still practically unheard of injury for High School OFs...

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:39 AM

Bad luck for sure.

 

One of these times when the player chooses the most conservative approach of rehabbing, over the course of 7 months, it would be great if that actually worked.

 

I understand why they do it that way, I just am not seeing much luck with rehabbing.And, it does set the player back on a longer clock to full recovery.

 

I would bet at some point in the very near future, players and doctors will move ahead with preventive TJ surgeries, at a young age, once a kid commits to baseball.

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:52 AM

Noooooooooooooooooooooooooo !


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Posted 01 March 2017 - 09:58 AM

Just unreal it took him till the start of ST to decide on surgery. That's something that should be evaluated way more to see how he is progressing as opposed to just making that decision after months of rehab. Twins always seem so tentative with their injuries.
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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:05 AM

 

Just unreal it took him till the start of ST to decide on surgery. That's something that should be evaluated way more to see how he is progressing as opposed to just making that decision after months of rehab. Twins always seem so tentative with their injuries.

It seems pretty logical to be wary of putting a 19 year old kid under the knife unnecessarily.

 

If this is truly a lingering injury, Kirilloff was only 18 years old when it happened.

 

Unfortunate, but I have a hard time blaming either Kirilloff or the Twins for giving an 18 year old body a chance to recuperate on its own.

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:07 AM

I am wondering how many people avoid the surgery by rehabbing?  The Twins always seem to go for rehab for a long time, then always go with the surgery after several months.  

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:15 AM

 

I am wondering how many people avoid the surgery by rehabbing?  The Twins always seem to go for rehab for a long time, then always go with the surgery after several months.  

I posted this link in the other thread as well, but it is helpful in answering this question. The short answer is (at least according to this study), most.

 

http://journals.sage...325967114S00021

 

It isn't just the Twins that take this approach- that is the approach taken by the vast majority of teams/colleges.

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:17 AM

 

Bad luck for sure.

 

One of these times when the player chooses the most conservative approach of rehabbing, over the course of 7 months, it would be great if that actually worked.

 

I understand why they do it that way, I just am not seeing much luck with rehabbing.And, it does set the player back on a longer clock to full recovery.

 

I would bet at some point in the very near future, players and doctors will move ahead with preventive TJ surgeries, at a young age, once a kid commits to baseball.

As a surgeon, I hope I never reach the point in my career that I am doing preventative TJ surgery. I will hang up my scrubs the day that happens.

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:21 AM

 

Rhett Bollinger wrote that he had a platelet injection before the R&R.It makes more sense then.Still practically unheard of injury for High School OFs...

There is some mixed data on PRP injections- some studies showing it helps, others showing no difference. A mentor of mine once told me when I asked him if he thought PRP works for this problem "No idea. But sometimes you have to do SOMETHING to them just to get them to listen to you and actually rehab the right way." I've always remembered that.

Agree 100% on the rarity in HS OF's. 

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Posted 01 March 2017 - 10:24 AM

 

It seems pretty logical to be wary of putting a 19 year old kid under the knife unnecessarily.

 

If this is truly a lingering injury, Kirilloff was only 18 years old when it happened.

 

Unfortunate, but I have a hard time blaming either Kirilloff or the Twins for giving an 18 year old body a chance to recuperate on its own.

 

Yep, for sure. Doctors and surgeons need to be conservative when it comes to young people and their injuries. 

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