Volatility has been common throughout Buxton’s career, due in part to his proneness to injury. He’s appeared in more than 100 games just once as a big-leaguer. What’s more is that he’s nearing four years of service time — all the while having recorded fewer than 400 appearances. This current stint on the IL, meanwhile, is his third of this season alone. The Twins can only hope that Buxton can stay healthier heading forward given how important he is to their success.
Manager Rocco Baldelli seemed to concede surgery was likely during a MLB Network Radio appearance on Tuesday:
The Twins have since confirmed that Buxton’s labrum required an operation on Tuesday, and that his timetable for rehab is five to six months:
The Minnesota Twins may lead the American League Central by five games, but they’ve been hammered with bad news recently: be it Michael Pineda’s suspension, Nelson Cruz’s continued wrist woes, or the revelation that Byron Buxton will undergo shoulder surgery. The Twins on Tuesday transferred him to the 60-day IL, thus ending his season.