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Twins say no structural damage to Buxton's knee

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Saturday, 16 April 2022 18:07

BOSTON -- Minnesota Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said an MRI showed no structural issues to the right knee of center fielder Byron Buxton.

Speaking before the Saturday game against the Boston Red Sox, Baldelli said a team doctor would examine Buxton but that for now the Twins anticipate he'll be traveling with the team for the next series at Kansas City, which begins Tuesday.

Baldelli said the Twins aren't anticipating making a roster move, a sign Buxton may be able to return in short order.

Buxton left in the first inning of Minnesota's series-opening 8-4 win over Boston on Friday night after sliding roughly into second base. His left leg appeared to get caught underneath him while his right foot slammed into the bag.

The 28-year-old has been among the game's best players in recent years when healthy. Unfortunately for the Twins, that has rarely been the case. He batted .306 with 19 home runs in 61 games in 2021 but was limited by a broken hand and a right hip strain.

Buxton signed a $100 million, seven-year deal over the winter to remain with the Twins long-term. He was off to another powerful start this season, with three homers in seven games.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report

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