A right knee injury sustained against the Boston Red Sox on Friday left Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton out of the lineup for his team's games over the weekend. The 28-year-old veteran is one of the Twins' best players, so it's only natural that fans are wondering what his return timetable looks like.
Manager Rocco Baldelli somewhat satisfied the fanbase's needs with a Buxton injury update on Monday. Although there isn't a concrete timetable set yet, Baldelli did say that the form Gold Glove winner is feeling "optimistic" about the situation.
Byron Buxton Injury Update
Baldelli also added that the Twins will have a better idea of the situation "in the next day or two." Assuming all goes well, a return plan for Buxton shouldn't be that far away.
Injuries aren't anything new for Twins fans regarding Buxton. Although he's an incredibly talented player, health issues have held him to just 222 games played out of a possible 555 since the beginning of the 2018 MLB season.
Buxton was productive in the games that he did play last year, racking up 19 home runs, 32 RBIs and a .306/.358/.647 slash line over 235 at-bats in 61 games. Considering how that put him on pace for 50 HRs in a 162-game schedule, it's clear that a healthy Buxton is better for baseball as a sport.
The Buxton-less Twins look to split their four-game series as they face the Red Sox in an early game Monday. Minnesota currently leads Boston, 2-0, at the top of the second inning as of 11:30 a.m. ET with -180 moneyline odds to walk out the victor, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
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