Aaron Hicks to the Disabled List, The Return of Byron Buxton
The Minnesota Twins have placed outfielder, Aaron Hicks on the disabled list with a hamstring injury and recalled Byron Buxton from Triple-A Rochester.
Hicks had been playing the best ball of his career since rejoining the Twins in July. Since July 3, Hicks was hitting .281 with seven home runs, five doubles and two triples.
However, Hicks had come back down to earth the past few weeks hitting just .238 in his past 15 games.
The Twins are currently 3.5 games back of the second Wild Card spot in the American League and have been stuck in neutral since the All-Star Break. Getting Buxton back in the lineup may give the team new life.
Buxton hit .189 during his first 11 games at the big league level before landing on the disabled list with a thumb injury. Since being activated off the disabled list, Buxton has hit .412 in Triple-A, with a home run, three doubles and a triple. He hit safely in all 13 games he played in for the Triple-A Rochester.
There is no doubt that Buxton struggled in his first stint at the big league level, but he won’t be the last prospect that struggled during his first 11 games at the big league level. In his final four games before landing on the disabled list Buxton hit .333 and looked more comfortable at the plate. Something tells me Buxton will look like a more confident player this go around.
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