Twins place Cirillo, White on DL
Infielder plans knee surgery; outfielder hobbled by calf strain
MINNEAPOLIS -- The injury list continued to mount in recent days for the Twins, and it has finally led to some changes.Following their 8-2 loss to the Yankees on Monday, the Twins placed infielder Jeff Cirillo and outfielder Rondell White on the 15-day disabled list. Speed has always been a critical part of the Twins' offense, and with White's lingering right calf strain and Cirillo's inability to run due to his sore left knee, the team was very limited on the bench. This forced the club to add some options, and with Cirillo and White placed on the DL, infielder Alexi Casilla was called up from Triple-A Rochester and the contract of outfielder Josh Rabe was purchased. "We've been so thin, it's just been a little crazy," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "We're going to see what we can get from them off the bench and hopefully be able to run around a little bit more."
On Monday afternoon, White tried to jog for the first time since sustaining his injury on Saturday night. It was clear, though, that the muscle wasn't quite ready for action. Knowing that the team needs options off the bench, White understood the move, but he was clearly frustrated by the situation."Maybe I could be better in four or five days, but right now, we need bodies, and that's what is best for the team," White said. White suffered the injury while running out of the dugout steps and skipping onto the field just before a game against the the White Sox at U.S. Cellular Field in Chicago. White was not able to play in the game, and the calf muscle hasn't healed as quickly as he or the team had hoped. "It's tough, because my body felt great, and this injury kind of came out of the blue," White said. "The most tough part of it is that I worked hard this offseason to get ready for the season. The positive side is that it's not two months or anything like that. Hopefully, [I'll] be back this month and help the team out." Cirillo's injury will likely keep him out much longer, as he is now scheduled to undergo arthroscopic surgery this week to fix an old meniscus tear in his left knee. The decision came after Cirillo was evaluated by team doctors on Monday evening. The infielder played in just the team's Opening Day game against the Orioles. He had received a cortisone shot in the knee last Tuesday and appeared to be making progress in his return to the field, but while running sprints on Sunday, he tried to shuffle to the side and felt the same twinge he had before. "I'm a little dejected," Cirillo said. "I thought that the cortisone shot with its anti-inflammatory [effect] would cool it down a bit, but it didn't work." Exactly how long Cirillo will be out with the injury is uncertain, but the usual prognosis for such an injury is four to six weeks. "It's really frustrating," Cirillo said. "But hopefully, I'll be back soon."
Kelly Thesier is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.