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START: Buxton’s bad injury chance, Mets’ COVID issues

A look at what’s happening around baseball on Saturday:

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MORE BAD LUCK FOR BUX

The Twins are hoping for good news on Byron Buxton after injuring his knee on Friday and being sent for an MRI.

The Platinum Glove-winning center fielder slid into second base late in the first inning of an 8-4 win at Boston. His left leg seemed to get stuck under him as his right foot slammed into the bag.

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

Buxton signed a seven-year, $100 million contract to remain a long-term Twin through the winter. He had another powerful start this season, hitting three homers in seven games.

COVID ISSUES

The Mets are without outfielders Brandon Nimmo and Mark Canha after one of the New York coaches tested positive for COVID-19. Nimmo and Canha were added to the injured list ahead of Friday’s home opener against Arizona.

The team did not say whether Nimmo and Canha had tested positive. Manager Buck Showalter did not say whether either player is vaccinated against COVID-19, but acknowledged that the rules for returning to the roster under baseball’s new labor contract are different for vaccinated versus unvaccinated players.

Meanwhile, the Athletics placed outfielder Stephen Piscotty on the COVID-19 injured list and placed receiver Austin Allen and lefties AJ Puk and Kirby Snead on the shortlist ahead of Friday’s game in Toronto. To enter Canada, the Canadian government requires a person to have received a second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine – or a dose from Johnson & Johnson – at least 14 days prior to entry.

Players sidelined by COVID-19 vaccine issues don’t get paid and don’t accrue major league service time while on the shortlist.

GREEN DAY

Reds rookie fire pitcher Hunter Greene is set for his second major league start, this time against the Los Angeles Dodgers.

The 22-year-old right-hander threw 20 fastballs at at least 100 mph in his Sunday debut against World Series champions Atlanta Braves, knocking out seven innings on five three-running innings.

O’S NO

Baltimore southpaw John Means could be out for a while after being added to the 10-day injured list with a sprained left elbow.

Means will have further tests for what manager Brandon Hyde described as forearm muscle strain.

Last year, Means was a bright spot on a Baltimore staff that ranked last in the ERA majors. He went 6-9 with a 3.62 ERA and threw a no-hitter in Seattle in May.

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