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May 18, 2024 1 1 0 1
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Byron Buxton had yet another injury-plagued season, but his decline at the plate and inability to play in the field at all has put his future role with the Twins in doubt. Buxton underwent arthroscopic knee surgery in late September 2022 and didn't play in games until late in spring training. The Twins then announced he would only be used as DH to begin the season. Despite flashes of power at the plate, Buxton underwhelmed by hitting .207/.294/.438 and missing time with calf, knee, back and rib issues (landing on the injured list after getting hit by a pitch). Buxton's knee issue never improved, and he never played in the field outside of one rehab game in the minors. He then landed on the injured list in early August with a hamstring strain and only returned for one plate appearance in the playoffs. After the season, Buxton had surgery on his knee to clean up scarring from his 2022 surgery that led to irritation. He's expected to be ready for the start of spring training but it's now a legitimate question whether he'll ever return to his defensive prowess in center field. In the third season of a 10-year, $100 million contract, the Twins will continue to try to find a way to keep him in the lineup.

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2024 501.8 12 1 11 3 1 .250
2023 226.52.7 49 17 42 35 9 .207
2022 2863.1 61 28 51 34 6 .224
3y Avg. 2493.2 53 21 42 27 8 .239
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Notches RBI in return

    Buxton went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI in Saturday's loss to the Guardians. Buxton was activated from the injured list Saturday after missing over two weeks due to right knee inflammation. The outfielder helped Minnesota avoid being shut out, plating the team's first run in the ninth inning with a single to right field. Buxton is slashing .250/.298/.385 with a home run, 12 RBI, 13 runs and a stolen base through 104 plate appearances this season.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Reinstated from IL

    The Twins reinstated Buxton (knee) from the injured list Saturday. Buxton went 0-for-6 with an RBI during his two-game rehab assignment, but he has seemingly fully recovered from his right knee inflammation and will return as Minnesota's everyday center fielder. The 30-year-old was slashing .343/.410/.543 with four RBI and eight runs scored across his last 10 games before getting injured.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Aiming for Saturday return

    Buxton (knee) will play one more rehab game with Triple-A St. Paul on Thursday before targeting a return to the Twins on Saturday in Cleveland, Darren Wolfson of Channel 5 Saint Paul reports. Buxton kicked off a rehab assignment with St. Paul on Wednesday, going 0-for-3 at the plate and playing seven innings in center field. He'll likely be asked to play a full game there Thursday and, assuming all goes well, will be activated Saturday following a day of rest Friday. Buxton has been out since early May while battling right knee inflammation.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Begins rehab assignment

    Buxton (knee) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in his first rehab game with Triple-A St. Paul on Wednesday. Buxton played seven innings in center field before being lifted from the game. He could need another rehab game or two before being reinstated from the 10-day injured list, but Buxton's return to the 26-man active roster is coming soon. He's been out for most of May with right knee inflammation.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Rehab games required

    Buxton (knee) is expected to begin a minor-league rehab assignment later this week before being activated from the 10-day injured list, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. Buxton is eligible to return from the IL on Tuesday, but the Twins want to give him some time to get in some minor-league at-bats before summoning him to the big leagues. He shouldn't be in line for an extended rehab assignment, so fantasy managers can expect Buxton to return from the IL as soon as this weekend.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Could be activated Tuesday

    Buxton (knee) ran the bases at Target Field on Saturday, and the Twins are optimistic he can be activated from the injured list Tuesday, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The Twins have an off day Monday, but it sounds like Buxton will return when the team begins a series at home Tuesday against the Yankees. Buxton will run again Tuesday to test his knee before the game.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Making progress with knee

    Buxton (knee) has been running in a pool and participating in his normal workouts, but has not been swinging a bat, Dan Hayes of the TheAthletic.com reports. An MRI on Buxton's injured right knee Thursday showed only inflammation and no structural damage. Buxton is optimistic he can return when eligible to come off the IL on May 12. However, the Twins may want to wait two more days until the Twins return from Toronto so he can avoid the AstroTurf of the Rogers Centre.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Lands on injured list

    The Twins placed Buxton on the 10-day injured list Friday with right knee inflammation, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. The MRI on his right knee didn't show any structural damage, and GM Derek Falvey indicated Buxton may only require a minimum-length stay on the injured list. However, given the 30-year-old's injury history, there's hardly a guarantee this absence is a brief one. Austin Martin is joining the Twins in a corresponding move.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Not in Friday's lineup

    Buxton (knee) is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Red Sox, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports. Buxton was sent for an MRI after being lifted from Wednesday's contest due to an issue with his right knee, so it's not a major surprise he's not starting Friday. It remains to be seen if the 30-year-old will require a trip to the injured list, but the injury is a concerning development given that it's to the same knee on which he's undergone multiple surgeries.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Getting MRI on knee

    Buxton will receive an MRI on his right knee after being removed from Wednesday's 10-5 win over the White Sox, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Buxton hurt his knee while attempting to steal a base during the second inning of Wednesday's victory. The Twins didn't have an update on his status immediately after the game, but manager Rocco Baldelli said Buxton would receive an MRI, adding that the team would use its day off Thursday to assess the situation. A clearer picture regarding the 30-year-old's return timeline will likely become available prior to Friday's game against Boston.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Dealing with knee injury

    Buxton was removed in the second inning of Wednesday's game against the White Sox was due to right knee soreness, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Buxton tweaked his knee on a stolen-base attempt in the top of the second inning and was removed in the bottom half of the frame. The injury is to the same knee in which he underwent surgery twice, with the most recent operation occurring last October. It's not clear at this point how big of a setback Buxton might be dealing with, but the Twins could offer more detail on his condition after the game.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Exits with apparent leg injury

    Buxton was removed from Wednesday's game against the White Sox in the bottom of the second inning with an apparent leg injury, Bobby Nightengale of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. After reaching on a base hit in his first plate appearance of the day in the top of the second inning, Buxton attempted a steal of second base but came up lame and walked off the field gingerly after being tagged out. The Twins should have more clarity on the nature of Buxton's injury later Wednesday.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Out of Tuesday's lineup

    Buxton is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the White Sox. Buxton has an .820 OPS and 30.8 percent strikeout rate over his past 10 games and will take a seat Tuesday after starting the previous two contests. Willi Castro will shift to center field while Kyle Farmer receives the start at third base.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Resting Saturday

    Buxton isn't in the Twins' lineup Saturday against the Angels. Buxton will sit down for the start of Saturday's contest after going 1-for-5 with an RBI during Friday's series opener. Alex Kirilloff, Austin Martin and Max Kepler will start across the outfield while Trevor Larnach serves as the Twins' designated hitter.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Getting day off Thursday

    Buxton is out of the lineup for Thursday's game against the White Sox. Buxton looks to be getting a routine day off, affording Austin Martin a turn in center field Thursday. Buxton has shown signs of life at the plate over his last eight games, slashing .323/.344/.613 with one homer run, four doubles and one triple during that stretch.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Heating up at plate

    Buxton went 3-for-4 with a double and a game-tying home run in the ninth inning in Tuesday's win over the White Sox. Buxton has started to heat up, as he's hitting .333 (9-for-27) with four doubles, a triple and home run over his last seven games. More importantly, he's healthy and playing regularly in center field. He's getting a day at DH and and a day of rest each week, but he's otherwise playing without restrictions.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Out of Sunday's lineup

    Buxton is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers. Buxton was absent from the starting nine for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader for the first time this season, though he came off the bench and went 0-for-2 with a run. The 30-year-old has gone 3-for-27 with 14 strikeouts over his past eight contests and will take a seat for Sunday's series finale. Austin Martin will shift to center field while Manuel Margot starts in left.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Resting to begin twin bill

    Buxton isn't in the Twins' lineup for the first game of Saturday's doubleheader against Detroit, Evan Woodbery of MLive.com reports. Buxton struck out in all three of his at-bats during Friday's loss and will take a seat to begin Saturday's action. Austin Martin will step in to cover center field and bat ninth in Game 1, but Buxton will likely return to the lineup for the second game.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Healthy start to season

    Buxton started in center field and went 2-for-4 with two doubles and three RBI in Saturday's win at Kansas City. Buxton has started each of Minnesota's first two games in center field and looks as healthy as he's been since the first half of the 2022 season. He'll likely get days off from playing the outfield each week in an attempt to keep him fresh.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Returns to lineup Wednesday

    Buxton (back) is starting at designated hitter and batting second for the Twins in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers. Buxton had to be scratched from the lineup Monday because of back tightness, but he's set to return to action Wednesday. The 30-year-old has had a very productive spring training, posting a 1.074 OPS with one home run. He'll be the Twins' primary center fielder in 2024 but will also see time at DH.
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