Top prospect Buxton sent to Minors DL

Top prospect Buxton sent to Minors DL

DETROIT -- Twins top prospect Byron Buxton is scheduled to undergo an MRI exam on his left wrist in the next few days after reinjuring it on a slide on Thursday, according to Twins director of Minor League operations Brad Steil.

In the meantime, Buxton was placed on the seven-day Minor League disabled list with a sprained left wrist on Sunday.

Buxton, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, originally injured his wrist while diving for a fly ball in center field during a Minor League Spring Training game on March 16. He was diagnosed with a sprained pisotriquetral joint and was shut down for several weeks.

He returned to action in extended spring training on April 26 before being activated from the Minor League disabled list at Class A Advanced Fort Myers on May 4. He hit .150 (3-for-20) with a double, a homer and two RBIs in five games before sustaining the injury on Thursday. He was held out of the lineup on Friday and Saturday, and the Miracle are off on Sunday.

The Twins remain hopeful that the injury is just minor, and the MRI exam will be compared with the one he had in Spring Training after he initially injured his wrist.

Buxton was scheduled to play at Class A Advanced Fort Myers until he was deemed ready to move up to Double-A New Britain, where he was expected to start the season before the injury.

Buxton, 20, hit a combined .334/.424/.520 with 12 homers, 18 triples, 19 doubles, 55 stolen bases, 77 RBIs and 109 runs in 125 games with Class A Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers last season.

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