Byron Buxton exits Wednesday game vs. White Sox with potential injury

The good times seem to be slowing to a halt.
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An already bleak day for Minnesota Twins fans got even darker Wednesday afternoon

Byron Buxton exited Minnesota's game against the White Sox top of the second inning after coming up lame while trying to steal second. It's unclear exactly what happened, but he walked gingerly back to the Twins' dugout and did not emerge in the bottom half of the inning to take the field.

Willi Castro slid over to centerfield to replace him with Jose Miranda entering the game to take over at third base.

It's a total nightmare scenario for the Twins, albeit one that most fans didn't actually see happen. Buxton's potential injury comes on the heels of Bally Sports North getting unceremoniously dropped by Comcast as part of the cable providers feud with Diamond Sports Group.

Twins fans were the ones left holding the bag as the dust settles, but the far bigger issue of worrying about Buxton's health has officially taken over.

Byron Buxton injury update after leaving Wednesday's game vs. White Sox

One of the best parts about the Twins late-April turnaround has been how amazing Byron Buxton has looked. Even when the team was struggling out of the gate earlier in the month, it seemed that a lone bright spot was how great Buxton looked -- and more importantly how healthy he was.

Minnesota's roster was eaten alive by the injury bug, with key players like Carlos Correa and Royce Lewis getting sent to the IL. Despite this, Buxton remained not only healthy but seemed to be thriving after a season which can arguably be called the worst of his career.

That streak might have come to an end on Wednesday.

It's impossible to overstate just how amazing Buxton's start to the season has been.

He didn't play a single inning in the field last season and slumped hard more than one while battling various ailments. The main culprit seemed to be a lingering knee injury, something he got cleaned up this offseason to such a successful extent that he triumphantly declared himself back at Twins Fest.

Buck's start to the season backed up the hype. He's slashing .242/.293/.385 and wasted no time turning in highlight reel plays. He also displayed his signature speed on more than one occasion so far this year, all of which was reason for Twins fans to celebrate.

His biggest foe isn't a pitcher or a specific team, rather his health has always been the other shoe that drops. It took a month before something flared up, but hopefully this is just a minor blip and not the start of something more.

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