BOSTON – When Byron Buxton felt a trio of Red Sox fielders had lost their high pop fly in the sun, the Twins’ center fielder picked up the pace and moved up to second.
But once there, he bent his knee on his slide and immediately fell forward onto his hands. Bowed in pain, he slapped the ground in an upset, and then went straight off the ground, before manager Rocco Baldelli, head athletic trainer Michael Salazar and third base coach Tommy Watkins had a chance to reach second base.
It was the first game of the game, and the sight of an injured Star Center fielder once again cast a shadow over what would be an 8-4 win over the Red Sox on Friday afternoon at Fenway Park.
When Baldelli was watching the ball and the play unfolded, he could immediately tell that something was wrong when Buxton slammed the field. Baldelli said after the game that the team had sent Buxton to take a magnetic resonance imaging test on the knee and would learn more after receiving the results.
“Obviously, he was feeling some real discomfort,” Baldelli said. “He plays a lot. He’s a tough guy and he’s always wanted to be on the field. I think in this instance, he knew it wasn’t going to be something he was going to play with today going forward And he just jumped up and went under his own power.”
Buxton, who signed a seven-year, $100 million contract extension in December, has a long history of injury, prompting him to work with a nutritionist in the hopes of reducing inflammation and keeping himself in more area. inspired to.
He missed extended periods last season with a hip strain and then a boxer’s fracture in his left arm, limiting him to only 61 games and disrupting his career-best season. Buxton is 6 for 24 with three home runs this season, and any injury to him is a worrying sign for the Twins.
After he left, Luis Arrez singled out home pinch runner Nick Gordon, giving the twins an edge they would never lose. An innings later, Miguel Sano broke a 0-for-19 skid to start the season, sending a two-run home run on the Green Monster. Sano would later earn his fifth career stolen base.
Arrez’s RBI double, and later a Gary Sanchez two-run single, would give starter Joe Ryan a cushion to work with during his six innings. It was the longest start by a twin pitcher this season and was off to a good start. Ryan, who relied on his slider on Friday, allowed only one run – a home run for Alex Verdugo – and scored seven in his second start of the season.
“Definitely felt better (compared to last week). I feel more energy earlier,” he said. “
Rookie Joan Duran came to relief and dropped three runs in his second innings of work, but the twins relegated to help seal a victory with a Max Kepler single in the ninth and a pair of twin runs in the groundout by Trevor Larnach. gone away. A day that started inauspiciously.
“I’m really sad because I don’t want my boy to get hurt. But Buck is one of the best players we have on the team. When that guy is on the field, everything is different for us,” Sano said Said. “He’s a great guy, great teammate, great player and everything. I hope he doesn’t have anything bad and he’ll be back soon.