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Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Twins top prospect Byron Buxton dealing with wrist pain

By on 3/19/2014 10:45:00 AM

The Minnesota Twins have been experiencing a tough spring when it comes to their top prospects. First, Miguel Sano was lost for the year due to Tommy John surgery. Now, outfielder Byron Buxton is dealing with a wrist injury.

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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press was on the report, saying it includes the flexor muscle that runs from his wrist to his elbow. The 20-year-old suffered the injury while diving for a fly ball in center field during a minor league game on Sunday.

After a night of sleep, Buxton reported discomfort in his left arm Monday. He's expected to miss his third straight game on Wednesday, but the injury has not been deemed serious.

Drafted by Minnesota with the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB draft, Buxton has been ascending through their farm system quickly. He hit .158/.158/.368 during his first taste of big league spring training, which lasted 22 at-bats.

The outfielder is coming off a breakout season in 2013, splitting time between Single-A Cedar Rapids and High-A Fort Myers. He hit .334/.424/.520 with 12 home runs, 19 doubles, 18 triples, 77 RBI and 55 stolen bases in 488 at-bats.

Considered one of the best minor league prospects in the game, according to, Buxton is projected to start 2014 with Double-A New Britain. If he continues his fast journey through the Twins' farm system, he could be making landfall in the major leagues by 2015.

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