Byron Buxton Vaguely “Not at 100%”; Alex Kirilloff To Make MLB Debut in His Place

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The Minnesota Twins have lost another player to injury today. In fact, it’s the guy we were all worried about, before yesterday’s game. Byron Buxton will not start in game 2 of the AL Wild Card today, but could be available at some point, according to Rocco Baldelli… We do not know what is ailing him. I’ve seen everything from possible COVID concerns, to lingering “head contusion” problems. Here is what has been reported.

WTF Happened?

Questions arose quickly this morning, when the Minnesota Twins released their lineup and Byron Buxton wasn’t on it. We went through some of these same emotions yesterday, when Alex Kirilloff was called up just hours before Game 1. Now, he has been inserted into the lineup for his MLB debut… in an elimination playoff game.

Rocco Baldelli’s explanation of Buxton’s “injury” was weird. Baldelli never wants to tell reporters anything and does a really good job of talking without saying anything… but today was extra vague. You could tell he was struggling, leaving everyone to make their best guess at wtf is happening.

Alex Kirilloff Debut

As far as Alex Kirilloff, fans should be excited to see him debut today. Kirilloff is a pure hitter and he can hit anyone, including Jose Urquidy. It wouldn’t shock me to see a multi-hit game from Alex today. He’s been at the top of the Twins prospect depth chart since Buxton and Sano came off of it.

He’s someone to be excited about. Not only is he the #1 or #2 Minnesota Twins prospect, but he is top-25 across the MLB. This dude mashes the baseball. But at this point in his career, he isn’t going to affect the game like a healthy Byron Buxton does.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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