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Minnesota Twins activate Byron Buxton from injured list

May 4, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (25) hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
May 4, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton (25) hits a two-run home run in the first inning against the Texas Rangers at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports

Byron Buxton finally will get a chance to resume what was shaping up to be the best season of his career.

The Minnesota Twins reinstated Buxton from the injured list Friday and wasted no time getting their talented center fielder into the starting lineup against the Milwaukee Brewers.

Buxton went on the injured list on June 22 after his left hand was broken by a pitch from the Cincinnati Reds’ Tyler Mahle. At the time, he was hitting .369 with 10 home runs and 19 RBIs in 27 games. Buxton was the American League’s Player of the Month for April and had a 1.176 OPS at the time of his injury.

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The second overall pick in the 2012 draft, Buxton has a career slash line of .247/.298/.453 in 459 games over seven major league seasons. The 27-year-old finished in the top 20 in American League MVP voting in 2017 and in 2020, winning his only career Gold Glove Award in 2017.

In Friday’s corresponding move, the Twins placed catcher Mitch Garver on the 10-day injured list (retroactive to Wednesday) with lower back tightness. Garver is hitting .242 with 13 homers and 29 RBIs in 61 games this year.

Garver, 30, is a .253/.340/.495 career hitter in 302 games for Minnesota over the last five seasons.

–Field Level Media