NEW YORK -- Twins center fielder Byron Buxton remains sidelined after fouling a ball off his left foot on Sunday. He hit off a tee on Wednesday, but he didn't feel good enough to play in an extended spring camp game.Buxton underwent a procedure where a drill was inserted into
NEW YORK -- Twins center fielder Byron Buxton remains sidelined after fouling a ball off his left foot on Sunday. He hit off a tee on Wednesday, but he didn't feel good enough to play in an extended spring camp game.
Buxton underwent a procedure where a drill was inserted into his left big toenail to relieve pressure in his toe, but he remains sore and is day to day. He's on the 10-day disabled list with migraines, but that issue has subsided.
Buxton became eligible to return on Wednesday, but he's not likely to return until this weekend at the earliest. <p?> As manager Paul Molitor noted, Buxton hasn't played with the Twins since April 12, as the club had three straight postponed games before their two-game series in Puerto Rico that Buxton missed with migraines. He played in a rehab game with Class A Advanced Fort Myers on Sunday, going 0-for-4. </p?>
The Twins have struggled without Buxton, as they entered Wednesday in the midst of a five-game losing streak. Molitor said Buxton's importance to the team means they could push him to return soon instead of going through a lengthy rehab assignment to get at-bats.
"Once his feet are ready to play, I'm not going to be worried about how they're going to work," Molitor said. "It's one of those questions where more at-bats would probably be better, but there's something about his presence being here. Him patrolling center field has value, and he's unique in that way. We might have a little bit more of a desire to get him back sooner than later. I think everyone feels a little void when he's not around."
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Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook.