**Updates have been added to the bottom of this story
There are only a few things in life that are inevitable. Life, death, taxes…and Byron Buxton injuries. It looks like the Minnesota Twins are dealing with the ladder scenario…. again. Various Twins reporters, who are at Target Field are tweeting information and videos about the center fielder’s apparent injury on Monday.
While we have not yet heard how severe the injury is, if at all; or what the timetable would be for return, but it doesn’t look good, early on. According to MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park, Buxton was carted off the field after running down a fly-ball.
Byron Buxton is being carted off the field at the warning track in center. He went down while running to a fly ball, and trainers appeared to be examining his left ankle.— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) July 13, 2020
We don’t have full information for now. The cart is making its way off the field.
This injury is different, though. Normally, Buxton is slamming into the wall, trying to make a web-gem play, when he gets injured. According to Aaron Gleeman Of The Athletic, Buxton appeared to get his cleat stuck in the turf, on a Nelson Cruz fly-ball, after the wind made the ball change direction. Now I am no doctor, but cleats getting stuck in the ground and players grabbing down for their ankles does not sound good.
Buxton is gettin an MRI tonight, to assess the damage.
Byron Buxton was going back to catch a Nelson Cruz fly ball in deep center field and appeared to get his cleat stuck in the grass. He went down grabbing his leg/ankle. After several minutes, he was carted off the field. pic.twitter.com/KZjk6MZ8Jk— Aaron Gleeman (@AaronGleeman) July 13, 2020
Byron Buxton exited with a left foot injury and is currently having imaging done. #MNTwins should have more news tomorrow.— danhayesmlb (@DanHayesMLB) July 13, 2020
A CONSTANT BATTLE
As mentioned, this isn’t anything new for Twins fans to experience with Byron Buxton. Whether it is has been his inadequate hitting or him being made of literal glass, it has become more frustrating year after year.
From his migraines in 2018, to missing a bunch of games last season, which ultimately lead to off-season shoulder surgery…. it’s been a constant battle to keep Byron healthy. If he is to go down, Twins fans should expect to see Jake Cave and LaMonte Wade Jr. get reps in the outfield, once again. I’d expect Max Kepler to get most reps in center.
Sure, Twins fans will clamor for the likes of prospects Alex Kirilloff and Trevor Larnach to get a shot at the bigs. But at this stage in the game, the Twins want to have the best known options ready. Especially for a run at the World Series.
We do not know much about what is next for Buxton, but we sure hope this injury isn’t serious. Because none of us want to miss out on his amazing defensive plays. Even if they are a bit risky.
Dan Hayes of The Athletic is bringing positive Byron a Buxton news into our lives tonight… say some extra prayers before you go to bed…
The #MNTwins will be very thorough with Byron Buxton. But Rocco Baldelli mentioned the initial exam didn't show anything serious. They're cautiously optimistic.— danhayesmlb (@DanHayesMLB) July 14, 2020
Jack Kewitsch | Minnesota Sports Fan