Jorge Polanco's call up last year was both a surprise and a necessity. The Twins middle infield was decimated to the point where he was the only other middle infielder on the 40-man roster, and he impressed people with his attitude. Polanco appeared in five games, collecting eight plate appearances that included a double, triple, two walks, two strikeouts, and three runs batted in. It was a whirlwind of a time.
With Eddie Rosario on paternity leave for the next few days, Polanco gets a taste of the bigs for the second time in as many years. He'll help back up Brian Dozier and Eduardo Escobar in the middle infield; if he gets a start or two, that's just a little bonus - both for Polanco and for fans who are waiting for young talent to force its way onto the Major League roster. The 21-year old is batting .312/.349/.416 in 232 plate appearances at Double-A this year.
In Rosario's absence, Minnesota's outfield consists of Aaron Hicks, Torii Hunter, Shane Robinson, and then Eduardo Nunez and Escobar if you're feeling generous. There are certainly enough bodies to go around.
Welcome back to the show, Jorge. Here's hoping you can do what Rosario did and play your way onto the roster on what appears to be a permanent basis.