I’m sending a prayer out to the Baseball Gods: For the sake of the game, please keep Byron Buxton healthy!
This past Friday baseball fans faced one of their biggest recurring nightmares; Byron Buxton in agony after suffering yet another fluke injury, this time to his right knee on a routine slide to second base.
Byron Buxton left the game after this slide into second. Hoping he’s okay pic.twitter.com/4yICUetbP5
— Talkin’ Baseball (@TalkinBaseball_) April 15, 2022
Buxton jogged out of the batter’s box after hitting what appeared to be an easy pop out to the shortstop, but the Boston afternoon sun had other plans as the entire left side of the Red Sox’ defense couldn’t locate the ball. Buxton sped up to stretch what should have been an easy out into a double and injured his knee on the slide.
He immediately slammed his fist into the infield dirt and began walking off the field, which if you have followed Buxton’s career you know it was a terrible sign.
According to the Twins, X-rays on Buxton’s right knee came back negative, and he is expected to return to the lineup sometime next weekend.
This news is great for baseball fans, but the scare is just the latest in what has been an injury riddled eight-year career for Buxton who signed a seven-year $100 million deal with the Twins in December of 2021.
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Before this season Buxton had missed a total of 493 games with injuries. Year by year he has not been able to catch a break-from hurting himself on the basepaths or crashing into the outfield wall on defense.
Since 2015 Buxton has dealt with a sprained thumb, knee contusion, back spasms, groin strain, strained wrist, fractured toe, concussion, shoulder surgery, a foot sprain and last season a hamstring injury and hip issues that put an end to a MVP caliber start to the 2021 season.
Last April he won the American League Player of the Month award by posting a .426 batting average, eight home runs, 14 runs batted in, 15 runs scored, three steals and a .466 on base percentage.
Minnesota Twins outfielder and MLB Bro Byron Buxton had a sensational start to the regular season and capped it with the American League Player of the Month award for April. @thesportsgroove has the full story on https://t.co/d5pfLsCroD pic.twitter.com/5PsOZOamVZ
— MLBbro.com (@MLBbrodotcom) May 4, 2021
He was on pace to battle guys like Shohei Ohtani and Vlad Guerrero Jr. for the American League Most Valuable Player award before injuring himself trying to beat out a ground ball last May, a little less than 12 months since his latest injury.
Throughout the first eight games of this season Buxton appeared to already be in All-Star form. He already has three home runs and sports an OPS of 1.058.
The Twins franchise has been competitive over the last few years but they have a major postseason monkey on their backs. The team has lost 18 consecutive playoff games since 2002 when they defeated the Oakland A’s in the Divisional Round.
The team made major splashes this off-season and somewhat shocked the baseball world when they signed Carlos Correa and brought in a few pieces from the Yankees to help give Buxton some support in the lineup, but he is the spoon that’s going to have to stir their pot if they have any chance of taking the American League Central title from Tim Anderson and his White Sox.
Nick Gordon, brother of former Gold Glove winner Dee Strange-Gordon will take over center field for the Twins in Buxton’s absence.