The Minnesota Twins are getting some really bad news as they fight for a place in the postseason.
Their best player, Byron Buxton, is dealing with yet another injury.
The outfielder, who has had his fair share of physical issues over the years, has had some problems with one of his knees this year but compared to other seasons, had been able to play most of the games.
That might be changing soon.
According to MLB.com’s Do-Hyoung Park, “Byron Buxton is getting MRIs done on his hip. Rocco says Buxton has been dealing with the hip for ‘a good part of the season,’ too, and they’ll have to wait and see what they’re dealing with. Rocco: ‘Most of what he’s dealt with, we haven’t even talked about.'”
Rocco, of course, is Rocco Baldelli, manager of the Twins.
Buxton Has Been Hurt For A While
Park sent another tweet regarding Buxton’s health status. “They’re not sure yet if Buxton will go to Houston. Will wait for results and discuss with medical staff. Rocco says Buxton had already been ‘on the verge of not being able to go out there’ for several days.”
They're not sure yet if Buxton will go to Houston. Will wait for results and discuss with medical staff. Rocco says Buxton had already been "on the verge of not being able to go out there" for several days.
— Do-Hyoung Park (@dohyoungpark) August 23, 2022
The fact that the Twins are feeling the need to have Buxton undergo an MRI is not particularly promising, but there is a good chance it reveals no structural damage, too.
Losing Buxton for a significant period of time would be a death sentence for the Twins.
Right now, they are 62-58, two games behind the Cleveland Guardians for the AL Central lead.
But Buxton is by far their best player, one that has 4.0 Wins Above Replacement, a .526 slugging percentage, 28 home runs, and some excellent outfield defense.
The whole Minnesota city is holding its breath.