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Thursday, August 14, 2014

Twins Injury Update: Byron Buxton sustains concussion in outfield collision

By on 8/14/2014 03:15:00 AM

Byron Buxton's Double-A debut ended in terrifying fashion when the Minnesota Twins prospect was involved in a hard collision with New Britain teammate Mike Kvasnicka. Aaron Leibovitz of reports that Buxton and Kvasnicka crashed into each other in the top of the fifth inning, with the right fielder's knee appearing to slam into Buxton's left shoulder. The centerfielder has been diagnosed with a concussion but no broken bones or other significant injuries.

Play was halted for over half an hour as an ambulance came to stabilise Buxton and take him to the hospital. Leibovitz also writes that Kvasnicka was able to leave the field under his own power but joined his teammate at the hospital. Twins GM Terry Ryan said that Buxton was 'alert' but would obviously not be returning until he had passed all concussion tests:
"He's alert. He has a concussion, so we'll have to take the normal procedures and protocol for concussion symptoms," said Ryan. "He'll certainly be watched."
The top prospect in baseball was apparently unconscious for ten minutes after the collision. This is the latest setback for Buxton in a year that has already been plagued by wrist injuries, which started in the spring and prevented him from playing for most of the first half.

While a concussion is perhaps good news in relation to some of the other possibilities from such a collision, they can also be extremely unpredictable and symptoms can linger for months or even years in certain cases. The Twins should be very cautious with the player they hope can be a franchise star.

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