Polanco started at shortstop and batted second in Monday's spring training win over Boston in what was likely a dress rehearsal of the Opening Day lineup, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Polanco had been out since Tuesday for personal reasons, but the absence won't significantly impact his preparation for Opening Day. He went 2-for-3 on Monday and is hitting .296 (8-for-27) with a .752 OPS this spring.
Polanco (personal) will return to the lineup Monday against Boston, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Polanco had been out since Tuesday for personal reasons, but the absence won't significantly impact his preparation for Opening Day. He'll play shortstop and bat second in a lineup that looks a lot like the one the Twins may use in the first game of the season.
Polanco has been out of the spring training lineup since Tuesday due to a personal issue, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. It doesn't appear to by anything that will put his Opening Day status in doubt. Polanco hasn't done much at the plate this spring by hitting .250 (6-for-24) with just two extra-base hits (both doubles), but he's set to begin the season as the starting shortstop.
Polanco agreed to a five-year, $25.75 million extension with the Twins on Thursday that includes two option years, Jim Bowden of The Athletic reports. The 25-year-old had a decent season after he served an 80-game suspension, slashing .288/.345/.427 with six homers and seven stolen bases. With youth on his side and good production at the plate, the Twins decided to lock Polanco up for all of his arbitration years and potentially his first three years of free agency. As if it wasn't clear before the extension, Polanco is being considered the Twins' shortstop of the future and will look to expand upon the production from his first full seasons in the majors.
Polanco went 3-for-5 with two runs scored and an RBI in Saturday's 8-3 win over the White Sox. He's been on fire to close out the campaign, collecting multiple hits in four of the last six games to boost his September slash line to .318/.364/.473. Polanco now has a career-high .778 OPS in 76 games this season, and the 25-year-old will head into the spring locked in as the Twins' starting shortstop.