Polanco is not in the lineup for the second game of the Twins' doubleheader against the Rockies. Polanco went 1-for-4 in the first game to raise his batting average to .248 on the season, but he'll head to the bench for the nightcap. Ehire Adrianza will man shortstop in his place.
Polanco went 1-for-4 with a solo home run during Sunday's loss to Cleveland. The 23-year-old shortstop has started 31 of Minnesota's 34 games this season and sports a .254/.308/.373 slash line with two home runs, two stolen bases, 16 RBI and 13 runs. Those numbers don't move the needle in most fantasy leagues, but full-time at-bats make Polanco a serviceable option in cavernous mixed and AL-only settings.
Polanco is out of Wednesday's lineup against the A's. This will be his fourth game off in the past 13 contests, and he is hitting just .176 with no home runs over that stretch. He will make way for Eduardo Escobar, who is hitting seventh and manning shortstop against righty Kendall Graveman.
Polanco is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports. Polanco has started five of the last six games but has recorded only three hits in 16 at-bats, so manager Paul Molitor will give the young shortstop a day off and see if Eduardo Escobar can provide more of an offensive spark. Escobar will bat seventh in the lineup Sunday, while Max Kepler will move up to the No. 2 spot in the order in Polanco's absence.
Polanco is starting at shortstop and hitting third Tuesday against the Tigers, the Star Tribune's Phil Miller reports. This is a new look lineup, as Polanco has hit fifth, sixth and seventh so far this season. However, he is one of the Twins' only hitters who is off to a hot start at the plate (.389/.450/.667), and has a career .346/.385/.568 line in 91 career plate appearances against lefties, making him a prime option in the three hole against southpaw Matt Boyd.
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