The Minnesota Twins received bad news on Friday afternoon: their best player, Byron Buxton, was injured.
He got off on his own, so that’s kind of a positive, but he knew right after he slid to second base that he was hurt, because he hit the ground in anger.
The twins have already offered the first update on Buxton’s disease.
“Byron Buxton is still being assessed. #MNTwins will no longer be in office. Right now it’s called right knee pain,” Dan Hayes, who covers the Twins for The Athletic, tweeted on Friday afternoon.
Byron Buxton is still being evaluated. #MNTwins will no longer be in office. Right now it’s called right knee pain.
— DanHayesMLB (@DanHayesMLB) April 15, 2022
Knee injuries are never good and it’s too early to draw conclusions.
Still, the fact that he can put his own weight in the knee should be seen as promising.
The twins will likely perform the imagery on Buxton’s knee
The thing is, we probably won’t know for sure the exact nature of the injury and how long he’ll be out until he gets an MRI, which he likely will if the Twins are to cover all the bases.
It could be minor pain that doesn’t include any structural damage, in which case it could be back in a few days.
It can also be a grade 1 or 2 knee sprain involving the MCL or LCL, in which case it will heal in two to four weeks.
If the ACL is compromised, however, it could be long gone.
Other scenarios could include patellar tendonitis or knee bursitis.
We’ll have to wait for a more detailed update from the Twins, but it’s fair to say that the organization and its fans are all holding their breath: Buxton is, arguably, their best player, and if they want to make the playoffs , they need him in one piece.