MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton was not in the Twins' starting lineup on Saturday after fouling a ball off his left leg in the eighth inning of Minnesota's 6-1 victory over the Orioles in Friday night's series opener. But Buxton did not sustain a meaningful injury, and the center fielder entered in the eighth inning as a defensive substitute.
"I would say with the quick turnaround, it just makes sense to get him off his feet and have him not running around on that immediately after doing it to himself," manager Rocco Baldelli said before the game.
The foul ball off Orioles right-hander Miguel Castro ricocheted off the side of Buxton's leg above the shin guard, between the calf muscle and the bone. Buxton was attended to by the training staff but insisted he could stay in the game. He struck out to complete his at-bat before returning to center field in the top of the ninth.
"We just want to make sure that we give them enough time to let him actually make a decision, as opposed to forcing the decision by rushing him through it after he fouls the ball off his leg," Baldelli said.