Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26
Aaron Gleeman of HardBallTalk.com reported the latest in Byron Buxton's recovery:
Twins prospect Byron Buxton missed the first two-plus months of the season following a spring training wrist injury and missed the final two weeks of the season following a concussion suffered during a gruesome-looking outfield collision.
But the good news is that the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball is now healthy enough that the Twins have chosen the 20-year-old center fielder to participate in the Arizona Fall League.
MLB.com later confirmed Buxton's spot in the Fall League.
Updates from Monday, Aug. 18
Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com has an update on how the Twins organization plans to use Byron Buxton for the rest of the 2014 season:
Byron Buxton (concussion) isn't expected to play in the Minors again this season, per Terry Ryan. Hopeful for Arizona Fall League.— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) August 18, 2014
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press adds more details on his health:
Buxton dealing with headaches but no other concussion-like symptoms at this point, Terry Ryan said. Also "neck-area stiffness."— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) August 18, 2014
Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14
Byron Buxton released a statement on Twitter following his injury:
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press provides an update on Buxton's status:
Byron Buxton was placed on 7-day concussion DL today at New Britain. Was treated and released from hospital last night. #mntwins— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) August 14, 2014
MILB.com also shared video of the incident that injured Buxton:
Making his debut with Double-A New Britain Wednesday, Minnesota Twins top prospect Byron Buxton suffered a scary collision in the outfield and had to be taken off the field in an ambulance.
The Hartford Courant's Don Amore relayed the frightening details of the 20-year-old's injury and aftermath:
Byron Buxton in a collision in right center field in his first game at new Britain. He has been down several minutes. #twins— Dom Amore (@AmoreCourant) August 14, 2014
They've driven an ambulance onto the field for Byron Buxton. They're stabilizing him. Can't tell exactly what injury is yet.— Dom Amore (@AmoreCourant) August 14, 2014
Play in New Britain has been halted over 30 minutes since Buxton collision/injury— Dom Amore (@AmoreCourant) August 14, 2014
Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press received an update from Twins VP Mike Radcliff:
#mntwins VP Mike Radcliff tells me Buxton "was responsive after the collision" according to reports he'd received from Buxton's agent.— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) August 14, 2014
New Britain Herald reporter Matt Straub had more in an update:
Buxton back in clubhouse..unavailable but ok...will be out 7 days at least Ryan says...they'd like him to play again this year.— Matt Straub (@MattattheHerald) August 14, 2014
Dustin Morse of the Twins communication team added more clarification:
Byron Buxton has been diagnosed w/ a concussion while Mike Kvasnicka suffered a bruised hip after violent collision at New Britain #MNTwins— Dustin Morse (@Twins_morsecode) August 14, 2014
Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports added:
Source: Byron Buxton has no broken bones, CT scan came back negative after his nasty outfield crash tonight. Being treated for concussion.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) August 14, 2014
Photographer Scott Blanchette provided a snapshot of moments before the collision:
GM Terry Ryan commented on the injury via Jake Seiner of MiLB.com:
'He's alert,' Ryan said after accompanying Buxton to the hospital. 'He has a concussion, so we'll have to take the normal procedures and protocol for concussion symptoms. He'll certainly be watched.
'We're grateful for just the concussion. ... That was very scary.'
It's hard to call that an encouraging development, but considering an ambulance had to be driven onto the field, this sounds far from the worst-case scenario.
Buxton has a blindingly bright future.
The No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, he entered the 2014 season as the No. 1 overall prospect, according to Baseball America, MLB.com and BaseballProspectus.com's rankings, per Baseball-Reference.com.
He hit just .240/.313/.405 as he struggled in his return from a spring training wrist injury, but the Twins opted to promote him to Double-A before Wednesday's contest.
Of course, none of that matters at this moment. Buxton has the makeup of a future star, but this is an extremely frightening situation. With details of his injury still a bit scarce, we can only hope the prognosis is less serious than the nature of the collision.