The Minnesota Twins could be without star outfielder for quite some time after he was carted off the field during Monday’s workout following a leg injury in a freak accident.
Twins’ Byron Buxton carted off with leg injury
During Monday’s practice with the team, designated hitter Nelson Cruz crushed a ball deep toward center. As Buxton went back to make a play on the ball, his foot got stuck in the grass and he went down immediately in pain.
Trainers rushed to check on Buxton before calling for the cart. The 26-year-old outfielder, the former No. 1 overall prospect in MLB, was taken off the field and diagnosed with a left foot injury.
Injuries have derailed an incredibly promising, young career to this point for Buxton. He underwent shoulder surgery in September 2019, often playing through pain before going under the knife.
He played in 92 games during the 2016 season, posting a .225/.284/.430 slash line as he adjusted to MLB pitching. Buxton managed to stay healthy in 2017, appearing in 140 games and hitting 16 home runs with 29 stolen bases and posting a 5.1 WAR, thanks to stellar defense in center field.
Unfortunately, he has played in just 115 games in the two seasons since due to a myriad of injuries and inconsistency in the batter’s box. If the tests determine this will be a long-term absence, the Twins might need to explore signing Yasiel Puig to fill the void.