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Byron Buxton | Outfielder

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (21) / 12/18/1993
Ht / Wt:  6'2" / 189
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Byron Buxton (thumb) will take batting practice on the field Thursday before then beginning to play in simulated games at the Twins' spring training complex.
It's unclear how many sim games he'll need, but if they go well Buxton will then be cleared for a rehab assignment. There had been some talk that the young outfielder could be out until as long as late August, but it's looking like it will definitely be sooner than that if he can avoid a setback. Jul 29 - 12:52 PM

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Byron Buxton (thumb) took batting practice on Tuesday.

He'll continue to take BP this week and could go through other pregame drills by the weekend. Buxton could be sent to the Twins' spring training complex next week if he continues to progress. The young outfielder isn't expected to be activated until mid- to late-August.
Jul 29 - 9:43 AM

Byron Buxton (thumb) could miss as much as a month more of action.

Twins general manager Terry Ryan thinks that timeline "might be a bit of a stretch," but it's clear that the club will take its time with Buxton's recovery from sprained ligaments in his left thumb. Buxton began resistance drills underwater on Thursday and will begin hitting off a tee and doing flip drills this weekend. He could take batting practice on Thursday or Friday if all goes well. Ryan said that Buxton's rehab assignment will be "lengthy" since he's missed so much time.
Jul 26 - 10:42 AM

Byron Buxton (thumb) could resume full baseball activities by this weekend.

Buxton has been doing running and throwing drills but has yet to swing a bat. He could be cleared to do that after being re-evaluated in the next couple days. The young outfielder has missed nearly a month of action due to a sprained left thumb.
Jul 21 - 7:27 PM

Byron Buxton (thumb) has been able to do running and throwing drills, but has yet to be cleared to begin swinging a bat.

Buxton sustained a sprained left thumb in late June on a stolen base attempt. Barring any setbacks, he should be able to return to the Twins lineup in late July.
Jul 9 - 10:38 PM

Twins manager Paul Molitor told Dana Wessel of 96.3 FM in Minneapolis that Byron Buxton (thumb) will be sidelined for "probably at least a month."

Buxton suffered a left thumb sprain Tuesday on a stolen base attempt. He played the next day, which obviously wasn't a good idea and he wound up going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. The Twins could put Danny Santana back in center field while Buxton is out, with Shane Robinson and Aaron Hicks (when he returns from the disabled list) also representing options.
Jun 26 - 10:52 AM

Twins placed OF Byron Buxton on the 15-day disabled list, retroactive to June 25, with a left thumb sprain.

Buxton evidently suffered the injury on Tuesday on a stolen base attempt. He played the next day and struck out in all four of his plate appearances. Twins manager Paul Molitor said that Buxton will probably be sidelined for "at least a month" of action.
Jun 26 - 10:18 AM

Byron Buxton struck out in all four of his plate appearances Wednesday afternoon against the White Sox.

Buxton moved back into the leadoff spot for today's game, but he looked easily overmatched by Chicago ace Chris Sale. The dynamic center field prospect is batting .189/.231/.270 in his first 37 major league at-bats.
Jun 24 - 3:38 PM

Byron Buxton is hitting leadoff for the Twins on Wednesday.

Chris Sale is on the mound for the White Sox, and it appears we can expect Buxton to hit leadoff versus lefties and ninth against righties for the time being. The youngster has just seven hits in his first 33 at-bats.
Jun 24 - 11:00 AM

Byron Buxton is batting ninth for the Twins on Tuesday.

Buxton went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored out of the leadoff spot Monday night against the White Sox, but that apparently wasn't enough to convince Twins manager Paul Molitor that he deserves a prominent spot in the batting lineup. It's disappointing.
Jun 23 - 4:56 PM

Byron Buxton went 3-for-5 with a double and three runs scored in Monday's cakewalk win over the White Sox.

Buxton led off the bottom of the first with a double, then quickly scored on Brian Dozier's single. He reached on an infield single in the sixth inning and later came around to score, then singled to lead off the eighth and later scored on a Dozier homer. Buxton entered the game batting .120 (3-for-25) since making his major league debut. His slow start isn't surprising, but the talent is certainly there and was on display Monday.
Jun 22 - 11:35 PM

Byron Buxton is batting leadoff for the Twins in Monday's game versus the White Sox.

Buxton hit ninth in each of his first eight contests. He's managed just three hits in his first 25 at-bats for Minnesota, so manager Paul Molitor must be hoping that the move up the lineup jump-starts the youngster. Buxton had his first major league stolen base on Sunday.
Jun 22 - 4:26 PM

Byron Buxton tripled for his first major league hit and scored a run in Monday's loss to the Cardinals.

Buxton entered his eighth-inning at-bat hitless in his first six trips to the plate but drove a ball into the left-center field gap and coasted into third base standing up even after stumbling around first. The Twins don't have enough firepower in their lineup to keep him at the bottom of their order for long.
Jun 16 - 12:09 AM

Byron Buxton is starting in center field and batting ninth Sunday against the Rangers in his major league debut.

It's disappointing to see him hitting at the bottom of the order, but it shouldn't be long before Buxton moves his way up. The top prospect received a promotion after batting .283/.351/.489 with six homers and 20 steals with Double-A Chattanooga, which included a .467 average over his last eight games.
Jun 14 - 12:51 PM

Twins purchased the contract of OF Byron Buxton from Double-A Chattanooga.

The wait is finally over. Baseball's top prospect will make his Twins debut Sunday at Texas and will wear the No. 25. The 21-year-old hit .467 with two homers and six RBI over his final eight games with Chattanooga. Even if he doesn't hit for a high average right away, Buxton should still provide fantasy owners with plenty of stolen bases (20-for-22 on steal attempts this year).
Jun 13 - 6:30 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Eric Fryer
1B1Joe Mauer
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3Jorge Polanco
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Eddie Rosario
2Shane Robinson
CF1Byron Buxton
2Aaron Hicks
RF1Torii Hunter
DH1Miguel Sano
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Phil Hughes
2Ervin Santana
3Ricky Nolasco
4Kyle Gibson
5Mike Pelfrey
6Tommy Milone
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Blaine Boyer
3Brian Duensing
4Casey Fien
5J.R. Graham
6Ryan Pressly
7Trevor May
8Ryan O'Rourke