MINNEAPOLIS — A battery of tests on Byron Buxton’s left foot late Monday, July 13 found no structural damage, a relief for the Minnesota Twins, manager Rocco Baldelli said Tuesday on MLB Network Radio.
The official diagnosis, the team said Tuesday afternoon, is a mid-foot sprain. He is day-to-day.
Buxton was injured while tracking a home run by teammate Nelson Cruz during a scrimmage at Target Field and was taken off the field on a cart.
“We got the results and there was no actual structural damage or injury they could find, which was tremendous news,” Baldelli said. “That being said, he was in some discomfort, so I don’t want to paint it like we’re out of the woods and he’ll be out there running around tomorrow. … But as far as what we were hoping to get out of those tests, we got that.”
Buxton, 26, will visit the doctor again on Tuesday afternoon. He has had trouble staying healthy since first being called up to the big leagues in 2015. He was limited to 87 games last season by head, wrist and shoulder injuries, and played only 28 games in 2018 because of migraines and a broken toe.
He had surgery to repair the labrum in his left shoulder last September.
While Buxton is out, the Twins will fill the gap in center field with a combination of players, the manager said: Jake Cave, right fielder Max Kepler and maybe even left fielder Eddie Rosario, who “has volunteered for duty.”
LaMonte Wade Jr., a rookie who was hurt early in his first major league call-up last season, replaced Buxton in center on Monday. When Buxton was essentially lost for the season after hurting his shoulder on Aug. 1, Cave and Kepler swapped time in right and center field.
“We will balance it out,” Baldelli told the radio network. “We have multiple guys who can do it in center field.”