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Jun 20, 2024 1 1 0 0 2.5
Jun 19, 2024 1 0 0 0 0.5
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Jun 16, 2024 0 0 0 0 3.5
Jun 16, 2024 1 1 0 0 3.5

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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 111.52 25 4 22 9 5 .239
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: Taking seat Friday

    Buxton is out of the lineup for Friday's game against Oakland. After making three straight starts in center field, Buxton will get the night off Friday. Austin Martin will start in center and bat ninth.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Sitting for Game 2

    Buxton is not in the starting lineup for the nightcap of Sunday's doubleheader with Oakland. Buxton will get a breather after he went 1-for-4 with a run scored in the team's 6-2 win in the matinee. Austin Martin will replace him in center field and bat ninth in Game 2.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Breather Saturday

    Buxton is not in the starting lineup against the Athletics on Saturday. Buxton will get a breather after he went 7-for-15 with a home run, a triple, six RBI and four runs scored while starting the last four contests. Manuel Margot will draw the start in center field and bat eighth against Oakland.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Lifts home run

    Buxton went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run during Tuesday's 5-4 loss to the Rockies. Buxton hit his fourth home run of the season Tuesday, plating Willi Castro on a two-run homer off Victor Vodnik in the seventh inning. Since returning from the IL on May 18, Buxton has tumbled down the Twins order and has now hit seventh in five of his last six games. After starting June hitless in his first 14 at-bats, Buxton is 5-for-16 (.313) in his last four games.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Not in Monday's lineup

    Buxton is absent from the lineup for Monday's game against the Rockies. Buxton is slashing just .185/.243/.308 in 19 games since coming off the injured list May 18 and is only 3-for-26 with a 32.1 percent strikeout rate so far in June. Manuel Margot will get the call in center field for the Twins on Monday.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Swipes bag

    Buxton went 0-for-5 with a run scored and a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Pirates. Buxton went hitless but managed to reach base on a hit-by-pitch in the 10th inning. He recorded his third stolen base in five tries this season and his first since May 28. Buxton has had a brutal start to the month of June, batting just .115 (3-for-26) with one RBI, one run scored and one stolen base. The 30-year-old continues to start in center field for the Twins due to his defensive prowess, but he has not been a reliable option for fantasy managers.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Getting breather

    Buxton isn't in the Twins' lineup for Thursday's game against the Yankees. Buxton has gone hitless in 14 at-bats since the beginning of June, and the Twins will give him a day off to regroup during Thursday's series finale. Willi Castro will fill the opening in center field, allowing Kyle Farmer to start at second base while batting eighth.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Day off Wednesday

    Buxton is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Royals. Though Buxton played the entirety of Tuesday's 4-2 win and reached base four times while adding a steal, his knee collided with the left shin of the Royals' Vinnie Pasquantino in the third inning, when Buxton was running down the first-base line. The Twins haven't indicated that Buxton is dealing with anything more than minor wear and tear a day later, but he'll be given some rest Wednesday in any case. Minnesota will go with Willi Castro in center field against Kansas City starting pitcher Seth Lugo.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Reaches four times

    Buxton went 2-for-2 with a run scored, a stolen base and two walks during Tuesday's 4-2 win over Kansas City. Buxton got on base in all four plate appearances, logging an infield single in the third frame and generating a triple in the fifth. It wasn't until the bottom of the eighth that Buxton came around to score, reaching via a base on balls and stealing second base before being plated by Edouard Julien on a base hit. Since returning from the IL on May 18, Buxton is batting .267 with two homers while also generating a 27.3 percent strikeout rate.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Resting Sunday

    Buxton is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers. Buxton looks to be getting a breather for the series finale after he had started in each of the past five games while going 5-for-20 with two home runs and one walk. Willi Castro will cover center field in Buxton's stead.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Goes yard twice in rout

    Buxton went 2-for-5 with two home runs and three RBI in Tuesday's 10-0 win over the Nationals. The 30-year-old slugger took Patrick Corbin deep in the second and fifth innings, his first long balls in four games since coming off the IL and his first multi-homer performance of 2024. Buxton had managed only one home run in 28 games prior to knee trouble that shut him down in early May, but Tuesday's fireworks are a strong sign he's fully healthy.
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  • Twins' Byron Buxton: Not starting Sunday

    Buxton is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Guardians. Buxton went 1-for-4 with a run and an RBI in his return from right knee inflammation Saturday, and he'll sit for the series finale in Cleveland. Willi Castro will man center field Sunday for the Twins.
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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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