Within the next week or so, Alex Kirilloff expects to know more about whether his right wrist injury will be something he can play through or if it’s something that will require surgery and sideline him for months.

Kirilloff has been testing out the wrist, which he received a cortisone shot in earlier this month, and has been encouraged by the results. He took batting practice in the cage on Sunday and expects to take batting practice on the field on Monday ahead of the Twins’ series opener against the Chicago White Sox.

After that, the plan is to mix in some higher-velocity stuff, he said, as well as offspeed pitches as he continues to assess his pain level. When he has tested everything out, it will be decision time. If things go well, that could mean a possible rehab assignment as he readies himself to return. If the pain persists, it could mean surgery.

“I’m just encouraged right now with how it’s felt so far. Apparently, it’s something that has been able to be managed before, and it’s basically just what kind of symptoms that you’re having,” Kirilloff said. “It doesn’t sound to me like something that you can make worse with using it and trying to go for it in terms of overall health and wrist health. So I feel comfortable just trying to push it as long as I don’t have any heavy symptoms while doing it.”

In addition to starting to swing, Kirilloff has also been lifting, throwing, taking some ground balls and getting some reads in the outfield. But swinging is the big test. Kirilloff has been on the injured list since May 5.

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If he can play through and manage the pain, surgery could still potentially be an option in the offseason. If he does need to have in-season surgery, there is no way to know yet what the timetable would look like.

“It would have to be determined once they went in and saw it for certain,” he said. “Either a short-term four-to-six week timeline or a little bit longer one, three to four months.”

But the hope is that he will be able to avoid that.

“I’m hoping I can play as close to 100 percent as possible, and that’s the goal,” he said. “…I wouldn’t want to put my teammates or my team in jeopardy just because I wanted to go out and play to play. I wouldn’t get out there unless I felt like I could be effective playing and I felt confident enough in my wrist to do that.”

CF depth tested

The Twins’ center field depth was already thin with both Byron Buxton (strain) and Jake Cave (back) on the injured list.

Max Kepler, who had slid into that role in Buxton’s absence, left Sunday’s game early after tweaking his hamstring running the bases, which could cause further issues for the Twins depending on the severity of that tweak.

“He tested it out. He was downstairs running, but there was concern that if he had to open it up and really cut it loose, that he would not be able to do that. So we’re going to evaluate him now and see how he’s doing tomorrow,” manger Rocco Baldelli said.

That could press Rob Refsnyder, who the Twins called up on Saturday, into center field duty. Refsnyder made his first major league appearance in center in Sunday’s game and made one play. He has played only 14 games there in his minor league career.

“It’s going to be a challenge every day getting the work in and just trying to prepare as much as possible and can’t kind of hide behind the fact that I’ve never done it at the major league level,” Refsnyder said before the game. “So just preparing as much as possible before the game with Tommy (Watkins) and things like that is going to be super important.”


Trevor Larnach had the first multi-hit of his career on Sunday, finishing with three hits in the Twins’ loss. … The Twins will send J.A. Happ, Michael Pineda and Matt Shoemaker to the mound against the White Sox. Chicago will counter with Dallas Keuchel, Lance Lynn and Lucas Giolito.