BOSTON — It was easy to fear the worst when Byron Buxton slapped the ground in pain after slipping into second base on Friday afternoon, especially after he immediately took himself off the ground. The Twins said Saturday that magnetic resonance imaging showed no structural damage to Buxton’s right knee.
For that the Twins and their star center fielders can heave a sigh of relief.
Still, Buxton is expected to miss some time as he deals with his knee issue, although the twins don’t yet know exactly how long. The team did not make any changes to the roster on Saturday and are considering Buxton on a day-to-day basis as they continue to assess him over the next few days.
Part of that assessment included the flight’s orthopedic doctor, Dr. Cory Wolf, to Boston to examine his knee.
“Obviously, if we got something out of the testing we did, we would move up the roster if it was fair, but we didn’t think it was fair yet,” said manager Rocco Baldelli. “We are going to hold onto that. Compared to the extra position player we were carrying, where we were a little while ago, we think we can handle it just fine on the position player side.”
The Twins added outfielder Kyle Garlick to the 40-man roster and called him up from St Paul’s before Friday’s game, giving him five outfielders on the roster: Buxton, Garlick, Max Kepler, Trevor Larnach and Gilberto Celestino, as well as utilitarian Nick Gordon. .
Although he did not prepare there during spring training, Gordon played center field after Gordon skipped Friday’s game and was center again on Saturday. While Kepler can play in the middle zone – and did sometime on Friday – Baldelli said his priority is to keep Kepler right. There are “two or three people” who will move in and out of the center in Buxton’s absence, Baldelli said, most likely referring to Gordon, Celestino and Kepler.
It appears that the absence will not be as long as some initially feared.
“Immediately, you’re thinking, ‘Oh boy, what just happened?’ Derek Falvey, president of baseball operations, said. “…I would say, running and under his own power, I thought maybe he jammed something, or might have sprained-slash-fractured-slash-injury. I tried to stay level-headed in that moment until we learned more. ,
Jorge Alcala has progressed to throwing 90 feet earlier this week as part of his rehab from elbow swelling, but the reliever, who is currently on a 10-day injured list, said he still experiences discomfort. doing.
“I didn’t quite realize where I wanted to be, but we’re making progress and that’s what matters,” Alcala said. “We are moving forward.”
Alcala first felt something on April 10, he said, after letting go of a fastball. While they said their pain level was at around 20 out of 100, it’s still enough to make them nervous—and for the twins to keep them out of action until it dissipates.
Derek RodriguezNamed for Friday’s assignment, the waiver is cleared and is assigned to Triple-A St. Paul.