A look at what’s happening around Baseball Saturday:
More bad luck for BUX
Twins are hoping for good news for Byron Buxton after he injured his knee on Friday and was sent for an MRI.
The Platinum Glove-winning center fielder slipped to second base late in the first inning of an 8-4 win at Boston. His left leg got stuck under him, while his right leg got stuck in the bag.
The 28-year-old has been one of the game’s best in recent years, when healthy — and unfortunately for the twins, that’s rarely the case. He batted .306 in 2021 with 19 home runs in 61 games, but was limited by a broken arm and a right hip strain.
Buxton signed a $100 million, seven-year deal over the winter to remain with the Twins longer. He was set to make another powerful start this season, including three homers in seven games.
The Mets are without outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Mark Canha after a New York coach tested positive for COVID-19. Nimmo and Kanha were added to the injured list ahead of Friday’s home opener against Arizona.
The team did not say whether Nimmo and Kanha have tested positive or not. Manager Buck Showalter would not say whether any players have been vaccinated against COVID-19, but acknowledged that the rules for returning to the roster under baseball’s new labor agreement are different for players who have not been vaccinated. has gone.
Meanwhile, the Athletics placed outfielder Stephen Piscotti on the COVID-19 injured list and placed catchers Austin Allen and left-handers AJ Puck and Kirby Snead on the banned list ahead of Friday’s game in Toronto. To enter Canada, the Canadian government requires that a person has received a second COVID-19 vaccine dose – or a dose of Johnson & Johnson – at least 14 days prior to entry.
Players sidelined by COVID-19 vaccine issues are not paid and do not earn major league service time while on the banned list.
Reds rookie fireballer Hunter Greene is gearing up for his second major league debut, this time against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The 22-year-old right-handed batsman bowled 20 quick deliveries at a speed of at least 100 mph in his debut against the World Series champions Atlanta Braves on Sunday, which included seven innings of five overs of three balls each.
Baltimore left-armer John Means could be out for a while after joining a 10-day injury list with a left elbow strain.
Means will have additional tests for what manager Brandon Hyde describes as a strain in the forearm muscles.
Last year, Means was a bright spot on Baltimore employees who ranked last among majors in the ERA. He went 6-9 with a 3.62 ERA and threw a no-hitter in Seattle in May.
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