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Twins shortstop Polanco has surgery on ankle

It's the second offseason in a row that Polanco has had cleanup work done on his problematic right ankle.
Credit: AP
Minnesota Twins' Jorge Polanco celebrates his solo home run against the Detroit Tigers in the first inning of the first game of a baseball doubleheader Friday, Sept. 4, 2020, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/Bruce Kluckhohn)

MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins shortstop Jorge Polanco is recovering from surgery on his right ankle for a second straight offseason. 

The Twins announced Monday that Polanco had a procedure last week to remove a mild bone spur and a small bone chip on the outside of the joint that went as planned. He had a similar cleanup operation about a year ago. 

Polanco will begin physical therapy next week, and the Twins said he’s expected to be ready when spring training starts in four months. 

The 2019 All-Star played through discomfort in the ankle for most of the season and slumped down the stretch. Despite the pain, Polanco played in 55 of 60 games but saw his slugging percentage fall from .485 to .354. He hit just .167 with two extra-base hits in his last 15 games including the playoffs, a quick two-game sweep by Houston.