Injury Updates for Byron Buxton and Josh Donaldson Look Optimistic
The Minnesota Twins enter the Major League Playoffs on Tuesday afternoon, against the Houston Astros. A couple of big question marks emerged during the last days of the regular season, when Josh Donaldson and Byron Buxton both left game-2 of the Cincinnati Reds series early, with injuries.
Donaldson left after his first at-bat, when his nagging calf injury flared up again. Buxton was hit in the head by a mid-90’s fastball, that sent him into concussion protocol. Baldelli was still hopeful he’d get both back by the American League Wild Card opener tomorrow, and while he tried to play coy today, optimism remains high after both guys participated in batting practice activities this afternoon.
Byron Buxton is out on the field at the start of workouts for the #MNTwins today. He looks animated and energetic. He's going to shag some BP right now.— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) September 28, 2020
Josh Donaldson is in this batting practice group and is currently hitting.— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) September 28, 2020
So both Buxton and Donaldson appear to be active participants in today's workout, which is a very good sign for the #MNTwins.
Here's video of Buxton (concussion-like symptoms) + Donaldson (calf) from today's #MNTwins workout at Target Field. We'll have more on the Twins-Astros series at 6:50p and 10:20p, + Game 1 tomorrow is on @KSTP at 1 p.m. We'll have pregame coverage at 11 on @KSTP, 12 on @kstc45. pic.twitter.com/xeFaZyiqFO— KSTPSports (@KSTPSports) September 28, 2020
Byron Buxton Matters
This is great news for the Twins. Their lineup is completely transformed when Buxton and Donaldson are inserted into it. They both provide a spark at the top of the lineup, that’s impossible to duplicate.
We haven’t even spoken about what both players bring to the team, defensively. Donaldson isn’t the 3rd baseman he once was, especially on anything he has to run for, but he’s still an above-average defensive player. Byron Buxton is… well… he’s Byron Buxton, the best outfielder in baseball.
The Minnesota Twins ABSOLUTELY need both Buxton and Donaldson in the lineup, if they are to do any damage during this playoff run. Josh obviously has the name-recognition but the numbers speak to how much the Twins lineup needs a healthy Byron Buxton.
Final #MnTwins leaders: OPS— Cooper (@CoopCarlson) September 28, 2020
1. Nelson Cruz 1.167
2. Byron Buxton .844
3. Josh Donaldson .842
4. Eddie Rosario .792
5. Ryan Jeffers .792
6. Luis Arraez .765
7. Max Kepler .760
8. Miguel Sano .757
9. Jake Cave .674
10. Jorge Polanco .658
Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan