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Twins Jorge Polanco undergoes ankle surgery for chronic injury

Polanco underwent surgery Nov. 22 to address a right ankle impingement and is expected to resume baseball activities in six weeks, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.

The recovery timeline should allow Polanco to return to full health by the time spring training arrives.

Polanco will be confined to a walking boot for the next couple weeks before resuming strengthening work for the ankle, which had been a chronic worry for the 26-year-old.

The Twins stated Wednesday that Polanco underwent a debridement procedure Friday in Los Angeles with Dr. Richard Ferkel to address a chronic impingement injury stemming from repetitive stress.

The ankle issue never forced Polanco to miss any action in 2019, as he suited up for a career-high 153 matches and slashed an ramarkable .2925/.356/.485 en route to earning his first All-Star nod.

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He had never before hit more than 13 long balls in a single season, though, so be careful not to overvalue him in fantasy drafts in 2020.

At the right price, however, he’ll be a solid shortstop option once the elite names are off the board.

Twins manager Rocco Baldelli had hinted towards the end of the season that Polanco had been playing while dinged up, but the club had to rely on its shortstop due to a severe rash of injuries elsewhere in the infield and outfield.

Polanco appeared in a team-leading 153 games and finished fifth in the American League with 704 plate appearances. No other Twins player appeared in more than 137 games.

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

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