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Top prospect Buxton close to returning to action

ST. PETERSBURG -- Top prospect Byron Buxton, who sprained his left wrist in a Minor League Spring Training game on March 16, could play in his first extended spring training game on Thursday.

Buxton, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by, is scheduled to take batting practice on the field for the first time on Wednesday at the club's Spring Training complex in Fort Myers, Fla. He originally injured his wrist trying to make a diving catch in the outfield.

"He's doing well," Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony said. "He's going hit on the field tomorrow and is maybe a day or two away from some extending [spring training] action."

Antony said there's still no timetable for Buxton to join Double-A New Britain. But he's getting closer, and hasn't suffered any setbacks since the injury.

"There hasn't been anything unexpected," Antony said. "Everything has gone according to plan. The good news is that once it was supposed to start feeling better, it did. So hopefully he's on his way soon."

Rhett Bollinger is a reporter for Read his blog, Bollinger Beat, and follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger.
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