Minnesota Twins Gold Glove center fielder Byron Buxton has found himself on the 10-day injured list once again.
Having a stellar year so far, Byron Buxton hits an unfortunate snag by landing back on the injured list with what’s being called a wrist contusion. We wrote about the possibility in our post game recap following Fridays game against the Kansas City Royals but nothing was made official until today. Fortunately for the Minnesota Twins, the injury is retroactive to Saturday meaning he won’t have to sit out exactly 10 days from now as long as he regains his health.
Jake Cave will be re-joining the team from the Triple-A Rochester Red Wings in an attempt to regain a foothold in the regular outfield rotation. Though Cave struggled a bit to start the season with the Twins, he wasn’t getting the constant playing time needed to maintain consistent production. Since his demotion to the Red Wings, Cave has been absolutely on fire.
Since heading back down Cave is hitting .321 with 19 extra base-hits and 5 of those being homers. Jake could give the Twins line-up a much-needed boost when he gets his chance. His strikeouts remain high even while with the Red Wings at 36 in just over 130 at-bats. His strikeout to walk ratio is something he needs to clean up to see regular time with the big-league club as the 4th outfielder.
Hopefully Buxton will work his way back with from the injured list with minimal setbacks. His speed, glove, and improved approach at the plate will be sorely missed. I have faith that Buck will come back and continue to perform the way this club needs him to in order to make a postseason appearance. Though he will be out for a bit, make sure to vote for him and the rest of the Twins starters for this years All-Star Game in Cleveland.