DH - Minnesota Twins
Byron Buxton told reporters that he "has 30 steals in him" this season.
“That means I’m on a lot and running a lot. I feel good. I feel real good,” Buxton said. He has showcased the speed when healthy throughout his career. It comes down to staying on the field. It is a positive sign that he appears to be fully healthy heading into this season.
Byron Buxton is reportedly running three times a week, hitting at full strength -- including live batting practice -- and doing some outfield work, including throwing as he enters this season fully healthy.
“Oh, yeah, I’m back,” Buxton said on returning to center field. "“What makes me so sure [about center field]? My body tells me that. I wouldn’t have said that if I wasn’t sure.” Buxton was moved to designated hitter last season, but it appears he is looking to make the move back to the outfield this year.
Byron Buxton visited with Twins doctors and was seen "moving around about as well as they had seen him move around in a long time."
The 29-year-old did not play a single game in the outfield in 2023, but he may be well enough to get out there in 2024. It's still unclear what the Twins' plan for Buxton is and it will likely still be conservative as he has played 90 games just once since 2017.
Byron Buxton underwent an arthroscopic knee procedure Friday. The Twins plan to get Buxton ready to return to center field for the 2024 season.
The procedure excised the plica in his knee and aimed to reduce the risk of tendinitis. Buxton did not play a single game in the outfield in 2023 and was limited to 85 games. He'll look to rebound in his age-30 season in 2024.
Byron Buxton (knee) has been added to the ALDS roster as an injury replacement for Alex Kirilloff.
Buxton has been working his way back from knee and hamstring injuries and was a close call to make the roster initially. Now, with Alex Kirilloff out, Buxton will take his place. Buxton is not in the starting lineup Wednesday, and it's unclear if he is in a position to play a full game, but the Twins could turn to him off the bench if needed. Kirilloff would be intelligible for the ALCS roster, so it's likely that Buxton would stick around if the Twins make it that far.