Injuries & Roster Moves: Buxton, Celestino

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Keep track of the Twins' recent transactions and injury updates throughout the season.


June 22: RHP claimed off waivers from Tigers
Burrows, 24, was Detroit's first-round selection in the 2015 Draft but struggled enough in limited time in the Majors that the Tigers designated him for assignment over the weekend. Though he's allowed four earned runs in 1 2/3 big league innings this season, he owns a career 3.71 ERA across 485 2/3 innings in his Minors career. He will report to Triple-A St. Paul.

June 22: OF placed on 10-day injured list (left hand fracture)
Buxton was injured on June 21 in his third game back from a stint on the IL with a right hip strain. The outfielder, who hit .364 in his brief return, has hit .369 with 11 doubles, 10 homers and a 1.176 OPS in 27 games this year.

June 22: OF recalled from St. Paul
Celestino, 22, has hit .118 (4-for-34) with one double, one home run and one RBI in 11 games for the Twins this season.


Day to day

3B (right calf tightness)
Expected return:
Any day
In addition to the minor right calf tightness that caused his early exit from the game on June 16 in Seattle, Donaldson is also dealing with an upper respiratory infection that has spread through the Twins' clubhouse. Donaldson took batting practice, ran and took some ground balls before the June 21 series opener against Cincinnati and was said to be doing "a lot better." He appeared as a pinch-hitter in that game and drew an intentional walk but was immediately lifted for a pinch-runner, suggesting that the running still isn't at 100 percent. (Last updated: June 22)

10-day IL

OF Byron Buxton (left hand fracture)
Expected return: Possibly August
The club announced that X-rays revealed a left hand fracture for Buxton -- described as a boxer's fracture -- that is expected to sideline him once again for weeks, if not months, though the Twins didn't immediately have an exact timeline for his recovery. At this stage of the diagnostic process, manager Rocco Baldelli couldn't yet rule out the possibility of a surgical procedure to address the injury.

"Once we get potentially some more diagnostics done, we’ll be able to figure out a plan and where to go," Baldelli said. "I don’t think there’s one particular way to treat and recover when it comes to this fracture." (Last updated: June 22)

OF (left hamstring strain)
Expected return:
In about two weeks
The Twins originally thought Refsnyder might be out for an extended period, but he has already started jogging and picking up the pace into a limited amount of running. The team expects that the June 14 injury will end up sidelining him for a total of 2-4 weeks. (Last updated: June 21)

C (groin contusion)
Expected return: Possibly early July
Garver is expected to begin ramping up to jogging and throwing toward the end of the week of June 21, after he needed a surgical procedure due to taking a foul ball off his groin area in a game against the Orioles on June 2. The Twins will continue to build on his movement to test his tolerance. (Last updated: June 21)

RHP (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return:
In about two weeks
The Twins aren't rushing Pineda back into baseball activity, and at the end of a road trip on which the big right-hander took things "very light," according to manager Rocco Baldelli, Pineda played catch on Sunday and is expected to throw a bullpen session at Target Field on June 25. (Last updated: June 20)

OF (sports hernia)
Expected return: TBD
Garlick was placed on the 10-day IL after he had dealt with soreness for some time and had it flare up while chasing a fly ball June 8, manager Rocco Baldelli said. An MRI indicated an issue, but the Twins don't expect for now that Garlick will need surgery to treat it. (Last updated: June 9)

RHP (back disk injury)
Expected return: TBD
Stashak reported feeling an issue following a bullpen session, and an MRI revealed the injury in his back. (Last updated: June 9)

LHP (left elbow inflammation)
Expected return:
Smeltzer started throwing after recovering from nerve irritation in his left elbow that caused him no pain, but some tingling in the area. He said it's still difficult to plan his next steps as he ramps up. The Twins do not have any concerns about structural damage to the elbow. (Last updated: May 29)

60-day IL

RHP (right elbow inflammation)
Expected return:
Out for several months
Colina began the season on the 60-day injured list due to right elbow inflammation, but he hit another setback during his ramp-up and underwent an arthroscopic debridement surgery on May 26. According to president of baseball operations Derek Falvey, Colina will not throw for several months. (Last updated: May 28)

OF (stress reaction in low back)
Expected return:
Cave had been playing through a fracture to one of his vertebrae, and the pain flared up while running the bases during a series in Chicago. He was placed on the 60-day IL on May 15 and is expected to need a period of rest before a gradual buildup back to play. (Last updated: May 15)


RHP (right elbow strain)
Expected return
Duran was shut down from throwing and underwent additional imaging after he was placed on the seven-day injured list by Triple-A St. Paul on June 20 due to soreness in his pitching elbow. President of baseball operations Derek Falvey said the Twins could have an additional update in the coming days, but there isn't currently a return-to-play plan for Duran.

"I don't want to get quite to [an announcement] until we get to a place where we have a good read on everything, make sure we're not jumping the gun on any of it," Falvey said. (Last updated: June 21)

RHP (right elbow strain)
Expected return
: Possibly weeks away
Canterino was placed on the seven-day injured list by High-A Cedar Rapids on June 5 with a right elbow strain. Though president of baseball operations Derek Falvey didn't have the exact date, the Twins intend to ramp Canterino back towards a return to play in the near future.

"Our plan was to shut him down for a period of time and then build him back up," Falvey said. "Everything's on course there." (Last updated: June 21)