Thursday was a great day for the Minnesota Twins. Not only did the Twins stage a thrilling comeback against the New York Yankees in the bottom of the 9th inning last night, but the team has a major reinforcement coming off of the injured list.
Center fielder Byron Buxton hasn't played since May 6 as he's been shelved with a hip strain. Prior to the injury, he was hitting .370/.408/.772 with 9 home runs and 17 RBIs through 24 games. After a long injury rehab, Buxton finally began his rehab assignment with Minnesota's Triple-A affiliate this week. The results? He's continued to smash at the plate.
Byron Buxton Injury
In Thursday's rehab game with the Triple-A St. Paul Saints, Buxton mashed two home runs in back-to-back at-bats. He also went 2-for-3 with a triple and walk in Wednesday's game.
Buxton's injury rehab may have taken longer than expected, but the 27-year-old outfielder looks like he's picking up right where he left off at the plate. Minnesota's offense currently ranks 11th in the MLB with 287 runs scored this season. Surely a healthy Buxton at the plate will continue to rejuviante this offense back into the top-tier of the league.
The Twins still have an uphill battle as they are just 25-37 on the year and sit in last-place in the AL Central by 13.0 games. FanDuel Sportsbook gives the Twins just +1800 odds to win the division, according to the latest MLB odds, but a healthy Buxton could go a long way in this team turning things around.
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