Twins call up Polanco from Single-A
JUN 26, 2014 2:08p ET
Jorge Polanco is big league-bound.
The Minnesota Twins announced Thursday that they've recalled the 20-year-old infielder from High-A Fort Myers. He'll be in uniform for Minnesota's series finale Thursday in Anaheim.
Polanco takes the roster spot of pitcher Yohan Pino, who made his first two major-league starts this month as a 30-year-old. After allowing two runs in seven innings in his MLB debut, Pino surrendered five runs in just three innings Wednesday against the Angels.
The recalling of Polanco comes as a bit of a surprise, but Twins shortstop Danny Santana injured his knee in Wednesday's game and is day-to-day. Polanco -- who has played primarily shortstop but can also play second base -- has yet to play a game above High-A, but the Dominican Republic native was batting .289 with five home runs, 35 RBI and eight stolen bases in 72 games with Fort Myers.
"Polanco flew over a lot of A's (Double-A, Triple-A) straight to the Big A here in Anaheim," said Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.
At 20 years, 356 days old, Polanco becomes the youngest Twins player since Joe Mauer debuted at 20 years, 352 days old in 2004. He'll wear jersey No. 11. Polanco was ranked before the season as the No. 10 prospect in the Twins' system, according to Baseball Prospectus.
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