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Baseball’s best prospect, Byron Buxton, is hurt

Mar 26, 2014, 2:14 PM EDT

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Baseball’s consensus top prospect, 20-year-old Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, injured his left wrist diving for a ball on March 16 and the team announced today that he’s expected to begin the season on the disabled list.

Buxton was slated for Double-A and his odds of reaching the majors this season were fairly slim to begin with, but the news is particularly sad for Twins fans after the organization’s other stud prospect, third baseman Miguel Sano, underwent Tommy John elbow surgery that knocks him out until 2015.

For now Buxton has been diagnosed with a sprain and the Twins are hoping he can resume playing at some point in April, but … well, their injury timetables haven’t been particularly accurate in recent years.

  1. sabathiawouldbegoodattheeighthtoo - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    At least Sano will have a DL buddy.

  2. themuddychicken - Mar 26, 2014 at 3:49 PM

    :(

  3. dluxxx - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Can’t catch a break… WTF?

  4. rgledz - Mar 26, 2014 at 4:33 PM

    It’s probably broken, but the Twins want to see if he can rehab it before they put a cast on. That way he can screw it up worse and prolong the healing process. The Twins way!!

  5. happytwinsfan - Mar 26, 2014 at 5:01 PM

    big deal, the kids got a sprained wrist and is gonna miss the first few weeks of double A. meanwhile the rangers have so many injuries to their normally highly regarded rotation that they’re having to use a career reliever, who’s never started a major league game, as their opening day starter.

  6. echech88 - Mar 26, 2014 at 7:32 PM

    Hope he heals quick. Was wishing to see him play some games come September

  7. renaado - Mar 26, 2014 at 9:17 PM

    Hope this guy won’t be like Jared Mitchell now……. Kid got tons of potential in him.

  8. idolized1 - Mar 26, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Man, as a big Twins fan, I am honestly, actually just bummed out about this.

    For the time since I was a kid I am going to get a chance to watch a lot of baseball with my dad and we were both looking so forward to catching glimpses of both Buxton and Sano this year.

    This just sucks.

    • percychuggs - Mar 27, 2014 at 9:54 AM

      Sano, if healthy, wasn’t going to see the Majors until the summer. Buxton, if healthy, wasn’t going to see the Majors at all this year, unless he puts up even better numbers at AA than he did last year in Single A, which is unlikely. You and your Dad are going to have to wait until 2015 (probably summer 2015 to see them together in the same lineup).

  9. Barry's Triceps - Mar 27, 2014 at 1:48 AM

    Poor Twins.

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