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The team released a statement on the suspension:
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#MNTwins statement regarding suspension of Jorge Polanco: https://t.co/NSu3OeUeYa
Polanco is coming off his first full season in the majors, though he had played sparingly in each of the previous three seasons. He finished 2017 with a .256 batting average, 13 home runs and 74 RBI.
He was off to a slow start in spring training with a .697 on-base plus slugging percentage in 13 games, featuring only two extra-base hits in 35 plate appearances. However, he still projected to be the team’s starting shortstop on Opening Day.
The Twins have a pair of utility players capable of filling the role between Eduardo Escobarand Ehire Adrianza, although the team could potentially look outside the organization to add depth.
After earning a wild-card spot last season, Minnesota has high expectations for 2018 and likely doesn’t want to waste time with a patchwork lineup.
As for Polanco, this is a disappointment for a player coming into his own at this level. The 24-year-old has been a solid defender up the middle with plenty of power at the plate, making him an impact player for a contending squad.
With a few more seasons before even reaching arbitration, however, he still has plenty to prove.
By the time he returns from his suspension, there might not be a starting job waiting for him.