Polanco is sitting for the second game of Saturday' doubleheader against the Orioles, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Polanco went 0-for-5 in the first game of the day. Ehire Adrianza will fill in at shortstop for the nightcap.
Polanco went 3-for-5 with a home run, a triple, two runs scored and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Mets. Less than a week after recording a cycle against the Phillies, Polanco flirted with the achievement once again, but was left standing in the on-deck circle during the Twins' final at-bat while missing a double. The 25-year-old is slashing .405/.450/.811 with three doubles, three triples and two home runs through 35 plate appearances.
Polanco is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies. Polanco will sit for the first time all season, opening up a spot in the lineup at shortstop for Ehire Adrianza. The 25-year-old turned in one of the best performances of his career earlier in the weekend, recording his first cycle as part of a 5-for-5 showing at the plate.
Polanco hit for the cycle, going 5-for-5 with a solo home run in a 10-4 loss to the Phillies on Friday. Hitting for the cycle is hard -- recording a cycle with one RBI and one run scored has to be nearly impossible, but Polanco was able to do it Friday night. Despite the historic night, owners will have to settle for Polanco's batting average seeing the only major bump. His average rose from .286 to .423 after his five-hit night.
Polanco (arm) will start at shortstop and bat second Thursday in the Twins' season opener against the Indians, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Polanco dealt with arm fatigue in the latter stages of camp but will get the green light to enter the Opening Day lineup after experiencing no setbacks coming out of a minor-league game Tuesday. It's possible the Twins may give him an extra off-day or two early in the season for precautionary reasons, but the 25-year-old should still be expected to handle the overwhelming majority of starts at shortstop.
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