Minnesota Twins Place Byron Buxton On 15-Day Disabled List


Don’t shoot the messenger, but the Minnesota Twins have placed top prospect Byron Buxton on the 15-day disabled list due to a thumb injury. The Twins have recalled Danny Santana from Triple-A Rochester to take Buxton’s place on the roster.

It’s labeled as a sprained left thumb for Buxton. The outfielder hurt it while attempting to steal in Tuesday’s game against the Chicago White Sox. Buxton gave it a go the next game, but went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts. The Twins were facing the rather good Chris Sale, so that might have had something to do with it.

The bummer of it is, this isn’t going to be just a quick 15-day stint for Buxton.

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Buxton only appeared in 11 games before needing to be shelved. Buxton’s major league average currently sits at .189 which isn’t great, but considering he dipped below .100 last weekend, it’s trending in the right direction. The speedster only has one stolen base thus far and been caught trying to snag a base twice. Buxton has one triple and one double on seven total hits. He is still looking for his first major league RBI.

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Buxton’s injury forces the early return for Danny Santana. The Twins finally sent him down to Triple-A after struggling throughout the early stages of the season. In 49 games this year at the major league level, Santana is hitting .218 which a .101 drop from his average in 101 games a year ago.

In 15 games at Triple-A, Santana is hitting .308 with six doubles and three triples in 65 at-bats.

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