Buxton (wrist contusion) lands on injured list
Twins also place Adrianza on IL, recall Cave and Arraez from Triple-A
MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton's swinging and throwing on Monday to test his bruised right wrist went well, but the Twins still elected to place their center fielder on the 10-day injured list on Tuesday (retroactive to Saturday) to give Buxton additional time to recover without feeling rushed back onto the field.
The Twins also placed Ehire Adrianza on the injured list with abdominal issues and recalled outfielder Jake Cave and Luis Arraez from Triple-A Rochester in corresponding moves.
Manager Rocco Baldelli noted that there wasn't any negative change in Buxton's condition over the past several days that necessitated the move to the injured list. Buxton isn't expected to be sidelined for much more than the minimum 10 days. The move was also a roster consideration to give the Twins a bit more flexibility with their personnel while Buxton recovers.
"The direction he was going was actually pretty positive," Baldelli said. "We're just at a point where we wanted to make sure we allowed him to heal instead of rushing him back."
As Baldelli had said several times in the last few days, Buxton has been understandably eager to get back out on the field. But with Buxton's long-term health in mind and Major League-ready options available in the Minor Leagues, the Twins opted to play it safe with the injury, which was sustained when Buxton was hit in the wrist by a pitch on Friday.
"[Buxton] at 90 percent is a really good option to have, but we don't want that," Baldelli said. "We want to make sure he's healthy and ready to go for the long haul so that this is not an issue going forward. I still don't think anything has changed from yesterday or the day before; he's made a ton of progress from the day he woke up after being hit. Significantly better."
Adrianza is on the injured list with what Baldelli characterized as lower gastrointestinal issues and is also not expected to be prolonged. As a whole, Baldelli praised the new system curtailing the 15-day injured list to 10 days from the standpoint of what's best for the players and their recovery timelines.
"You're not forcing a guy to stay active, pushing a guy to get back, that may or may not be ready to come back in X number of days," Baldelli said. "Under the old system, it was more challenging -- it really was. ... When the IL or DL was 15 days, you end up in no-man's land a lot of times not knowing what the right thing to do is."
Cave had been on the Opening Day roster, but he was sent to Triple-A Rochester on May 13 due to a roster crunch. Cave had started slowly at both the Major League and Triple-A levels, but he has particularly raised his production in June, when he was hitting .406/.444/.750 with three homers, nine doubles and two triples in 16 games.
Arraez had success in his first Major League stint earlier this season, when he hit .375/.416/.583 with a homer, two doubles and only one strikeout in 10 games.
"I know stats are what get you everything you want, but I just want to be up here and I want to be healthy and I want to play hard and I want to contribute something to a winning team," Cave said.