Injuries & Moves: Buxton expected to play center in Grapefruit League

February 19th, 2024

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Feb. 18: OF/DH feels fully recovered from right knee surgery
Buxton had an arthroscopic procedure to excise the plica in his right knee on Oct. 13, which he said had him pain-free and "fully healthy" coming into Spring Training. It does not appear that Buxton will be behind his teammates in his Spring Training buildup, and manager Rocco Baldelli said he expects to slot Buxton into center field within the first week of Grapefruit League games. More>>

Feb. 13: Twins announce 19 non-roster invitees, headlined by INF , RHP
There were no major surprises among the non-roster group in camp, with both Lee (ranked No. 2 in the organization and No. 18 in MLB) and Festa (ranked No. 10 in the organization) expected to impact the big league roster this season. Expect to get a good look at Lee, who was also in big league camp last spring.

Among the non-prospect group, Niko Goodrum made his return to the organization after debuting for the Twins in 2017, while Randy Dobnak also earned a non-roster invite following his well-publicized big league tenure from 2019-21. Pitchers Jordan Balazovic and Daniel Duarte -- both recently designated for assignment -- cleared waivers and were included in the group.

Feb. 11: Traded UTIL to the Marlins for LHP
The Twins continued to alleviate their infield logjam by making a swap of out-of-options players, with Okert's fit on the Minnesota roster as another left-handed reliever much neater than Gordon's fit. Though Gordon was very popular among his teammates, he also had no clear role due to the anticipated usage of Willi Castro and Austin Martin as utility players this season. More >>

INJURY UPDATES

RHP (right scapula stress fracture)
Winder is tracking behind in his buildup due to a stress fracture he sustained in his right shoulder area, which he said was due to his workload throughout his 2023 season. After undergoing imaging in October, Winder was prescribed rest to allow the fracture to heal, after which he started to throw in January. He said on Feb. 14 that he was playing catch up to 90 feet.

"Threw a bunch last year and it just started barking toward the end of the year," Winder said. "Just a progressive thing. Trying to be proactive. Got some imaging done. Something kind of popped up there." (Last updated: Feb. 14)

INF (right shoulder impingement)
Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said he expects Miranda to be a bit delayed in building up to playing the field, though Miranda could start at designated hitter in some spring games as he continues his throwing program.

Miranda underwent a surgery to clean up the scar tissue around the rotator cuff in his right shoulder on Oct. 4 in Alabama to at last address the pain that had first limited, then sidelined him in an effectively lost 2023 season. He said at TwinsFest that he had started throwing in early January and was hitting off a machine in late January, with the hope of building up into DHing early in Spring Training before progressing to first base, which will be his primary focus. (Last updated: Feb. 14)