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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Twins Injury Update: Byron Buxton shut down for rest of season

By on 8/19/2014 10:00:00 AM

The Minnesota Twins lost to the Kansas City Royals last night by the score of 6-4. The loss dropped the Twins to 55-68, last in the American League Central. The long, disappointing season for the Twins has paralleled that of their top prospect Byron Buxton, who has been shut down for the rest of the season following a concussion he suffered last week in a collision in the outfield.

Our own Darius Austin reported on August 14 that Buxton, who had been plagued by wrist injuries earlier in the season, collided in the outfield with teammate Mike Kvasnicka when going after a fly ball in the gap.  Buxton was hospitalized with a concussion.

An update on Buxton, as reported by Ashley Marshall of, is that he'll be out for the rest of the season. Twins general manager Terry Ryan said the team plans to be cautious with Buxton's recovery over the final two weeks of the Minor League season. It's also up in the air whether or not Buxton will play in the Arizona Fall League in October.

Ryan said it was fortunate that Buxton did not break any bones.
"He's stiff is what it comes down to. He has some stiffness in the upper body around his neck area. But other than that, he's doing very well."
Injuries have limited the Twins top prospect to 124 at-bats this season. After being sidelined with a wrist injury until May 4, Buxton played just five games before landing on the DL for another eight weeks.

Buxton ended the season with a .234 batting average with four home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases.

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