Byron Buxton Shows Positive Signs in Rehab Game Debut

David Kaestle
Byron Buxton plays in his first rehab game.
Byron Buxton plays in his first rehab game. / Brace Hemmelgarn/Getty Images

Byron Buxton's 2021 season got off to the hottest of starts. The 27-year-old star outfielder was slashing .369/.409/.767 with 10 homers and 19 RBIs. Problem is, he's only suited up 27 times for the Minnesota Twins this season. The rest of his year has been spent dealing with injuries and IL stints.

Byron Buxton Injury Update

Buxton has been on the IL since June with a fractured hand. However, he is progressing back to the Major League lineup and made his rehab game debut on Friday, where he netted an RBI in an 0-2 performance while playing five innings in center field.

This is a lost season for the Twins, who sit in last place in the AL Central. A playoff team last year, Minnesota has been one of the more disappointing teams this year, and injuries to stars like Buxton is one of the main catalysts.

Despite his future in Minnesota being in question, getting Buxton healthy is a top priority for the Twins. Though contract extension talks have stalled at this point, if Buxton can get back on the field and prove he can still produce at the MVP-type level he was to start the season, the Twins might be more inclined to meet his contractual demands.

Buxton is scheduled as of now to return to the Major League lineup sometime in September as long as there are no further setbacks.

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