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Twins Injury Update: Byron Buxton has surgery on finger

By on 11/01/2014 06:00:00 AM

Despite an offense that ranked seventh in the Major Leagues in runs scored this past season, the Minnesota Twins saw their fourth consecutive season with 70 or fewer wins. Moving forward, the Twins have some good young prospects, including center fielder Byron Buxton, who missed much of the season due to injuries. Looking to get more experience in the AFL, Buxton dislocated his finer while diving for a ball.  He has now had surgery and should be ready for Spring Training.

I reported on October 29 that Buxton, who left an AFL game early in the week after diving for a ball, was diagnosed with a dislocated finger. He sat out Tuesday's game wearing a splint on his finger.

An update on Buxton, as reported by Mike Berardino of, is that he underwent surgery on Thursday, which was confirmed by Bad Steil, Twins director of Minor League operations. Buxton was initially thought to have a dislocation, but it was later confirmed that he had a small fracture in the finger.

Look for Buxton, thw second overall pick of the 2012 draft, to get an invite to Major League camp next spring. Barring any setbacks, Buxton should be ready to swing a bat by January.

Buxton, the Twins center fielder of the future, was limited to 124 at-bats this season due to injury. After being sidelined with a wrist injury until May 4, Buxton played just five games before landing on the DL for another eight weeks. He ended the season with a .234 batting average with four home runs, 16 RBI and six stolen bases.

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