The Minnesota Twins have placed Byron Buxton on the disabled list. The Twins centerfielder suffered a sprained thumb on a stolen base attempt against the Chicago White Sox.
The Twins number one prospect struggled though his first 11 games in the big leagues. The young centerfielder was hitting .189 with a triple and a double. He was starting to show signs of breaking out in his last four games he hit .333 and had a mini three-game hitting streak.
Buxton’s struggles at the plate didn’t let it stop him from providing stellar defense in centerfield. The argument could be made that he’s the fastest player in the majors.
Taking Buxton’s spot on the Twins roster will be Danny Santana.
Santana was the Twins opening day shortstop, but struggled through the first 49 games of the season before being sent down to Triple-A. He hit .218 and struck out 49 times. On the defensive side of things he committed 12 errors at shortstop.
Santana hit .308 in 15 games with the Rochester Red Wings and appeared more confident. The Twins are hoping Santana can return to 2014 form when he hit .319 with seven home runs.
If Santana can return to form it will give the Twins a solid nine-hole hitter. This little stint on the disabled list will allow Buxton to take a breather and get him a couple of rehab starts at Triple-A.
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