Buxton (hip) has been cleared to throw and is expected to begin hitting in the batting cage Thursday or Friday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. The 27-year-old was ruled out multiple weeks after landing on the injured list with a Grade 2 hip strain Friday, so it's good to see him working his way back into baseball activities. Buxton can safely be considered out indefinitely until he progresses further into his rehab work.
Buxton was placed on the 10-day IL with a Grade 2 hip strain and will be out for multiple weeks, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. An MRI revealed the hip strain after the center fielder left Thursday's loss to the Rangers, and per manager Rocco Baldelli, his absence will extend beyond the minimum 10 days. Buxton was having an MVP-caliber campaign, hitting .370 with nine home runs, five stolen bases and a 1.180 OPS in 24 games.
Buxton was diagnosed with a hip strain after leaving Thursday's loss to the Rangers, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Buxton is considered day-to-day following his diagnosis. He appeared to suffer the injury while running out a potential infield hit in the bottom of the ninth inning and was unable to play in the 10th inning. Prior to his departure, Buxton went 1-for-5 with a run and a strikeout. If Buxton is held out for Friday's series opener against the Tigers, Jake Cave or Max Kepler could take over in center field.
Buxton was removed from Thursday's game against the Rangers with an apparent injury, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports. Buxton appeared to pull up while running out a potential infield single in the bottom of the ninth inning, and Jake Cave replaced him in center field to begin the 10th frame. The nature and severity of Buxton's injury aren't yet known, and it's unclear whether he'll be able to return to the lineup for Friday's series opener against Detroit.
Buxton went 1-for-4 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's loss to the Rangers. Buxton was responsible for two of the team's three runs via his ninth homer of the season, which came on his first at-bat against Kyle Gibson, who would end up pitching eight strong innings. The center fielder has been nothing short of stellar to begin the season, making an early MVP case with strong numbers across the board -- he has nine homers, 17 RBI, 18 runs scored and four stolen bases while hitting .386 with an impressive 1.246 OPS.
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