What started out as a normal, sunny, and pleasant game against the Chicago White Sox turned into an absolute nightmare for the Minnesota Twins.
Four innings after Kyle Farmer took a pitch off his face, the Twins lost another starter following a scary incident.
Byron Buxton left the game in the eighth inning after colliding with White Sox second baseman Lenyn Sosa
While trying to beat out a possible force out at second, Buxton ran into Sosa and appeared to land on his head and neck after the collision. Sosa also went down but popped up much sooner than Buxton did. He was, however, able to walk off under his own power without any help from trainers, which is a positive sign.
For what it's worth, this might have been partially the fault of the second base umpire who appears to accidentally shield Sosa from Buxton's vision. That would explain why he was barreling down so hard and made no attempt to avoid Sosa until it was too late.
It was an unfortunate bang-bang play with zero malice on either side.
Buxton's injury is yet another in a long line of extremely bad breaks for the Minnesota Twins. Over the course of the last week, the Twins have now lost five players to injuries of varying degrees. Max Kepler and Joey Gallo are both on the injured list after each suffering soreness, while Carlos Correa has been held out of action since Sunday.
Kepler suffered right knee soreness after hustling out an infield single during Minnesota's 11-1 win over Miami last Monday. Gallo was pulled in the sixth inning of Friday's home opener against Houston with what was caled right side soreness.
Both were held out of the lineup a few days before hitting the IL.
Matt Wallner and Edouard Julien were called up from Triple-A St. Paul to replace them, but the pattern is concerning for what happens to Correa. He's exepcted to be back for Minnesota's series against New York this week, but both Kepler and Gallo were expected to be back as well before being sent to the IL.
Farmer's status seems pretty clear, as he'll likely head to the IL after his scary injury. Given Buxton's less-than-ideal injury history, fans will be holding their breath until good news is sent.