Off to one of the hottest starts in baseball, Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton will be missing from the lineup for a while after being placed on the 10-day injured list Friday.
Buxton strained his hip in Minnesota’s extra-inning loss at Texas on Thursday. He had difficulty running out a couple of grounders and eventually was replaced by Jake Cave in the field in the ninth inning.
Named the American League’s Player of the Month for April, Buxton is slashing .370/.408/.772 in 24 games with nine home runs. He leads the majors in slugging percentage and WAR (2.7) as well as the AL in doubles, with 10.
Manager Rocco Baldelli told reporters during a pregame Zoom call that Buxton had a Grade 2 strain and is expected to be out “weeks.”
Taking Buxton’s place on the roster is outfielder Trevor Larnach, Minnesota’s first-round pick in 2018 (No. 20 overall), who will be making his major-league debut.
The left-handed hitting Larnach played in three games for Triple-A St. Paul this year, going 3-for-13 with two home runs. In 2019 he split time between Single-A and Double-A hitting a combined .309/.384/.458 with 30 doubles and 13 homers.
Larnach will be the second former top pick to make his MLB debut, joining Nick Gordon, who had a hit, walk and two stolen bases Thursday in his first game.
To make room for Larnach on the 40-man roster, the Twins designated left-handed pitcher Brandon Waddell for release or assignment. Waddell allowed six runs (five earned) in four innings over two stints with the Twins this season.