Twins center fielder Byron Buxton exited Friday’s game with what initially looked like it could be a notable knee injury, but an MRI over the weekend ruled out any structural damage. Manager Rocco Baldelli told reporters Monday morning that Buxton is feeling optimistic and that within the next day or two, the Twins would be “talking about a specific plan for getting him back out there” (Twitter link via Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com). President of baseball operations Derek Falvey joined the booth as a guest during the broadcast of today’s game and added that the hope is for Buxton, who has not been placed on the injured list, to rejoin the lineup at some point during the Twins’ upcoming series against the Royals. The Twins will travel to Kansas City for a three-game set running from Tuesday through Thursday.
The latest on some more health situations around the game:
- Righty Taijuan Walker is headed out on a minor league rehab assignment this week and is expected to start for the Mets’ Class-A Advanced affiliate on Wednesday, tweets Anthony DiComo of MLB.com. Walker, who landed on the injured list last week due to a case of bursitis in his pitching shoulder, may only need the one rehab appearance before being cleared to return. DiComo suggests the 29-year-old right-hander will likely line up to start one of next week’s games against the Cardinals. Walker’s first outing of the season lasted just two innings, but it seems he’ll be able to make a swift return to the rotation, barring any setbacks of note during his rehab outing. Walker posted a 4.47 ERA in 30 appearances for the Mets in 2021.
- Padres star shortstop Fernando Tatís Jr. has progressed to participating in light on-field baseball activities, writes AJ Cassavell of MLB.com. The two-time Silver Slugger award winner simulated taking ground-balls during infield practice before tonight’s game against the Reds, throwing the ball across the diamond to first base. Tatís is still wearing a brace and has yet to progress to fielding or swinging a bat as he rehabs from the mid-March surgery he underwent to repair a fractured scaphoid bone in his left wrist. The Padres initially placed a three-month timetable on his return to the field, though Cassavell writes Tatís recently opined he’s ahead of schedule in his recovery. The organization won’t make any firmer timetable until he begins to swing a bat, which manager Bob Melvin says will be the final baseball activity the team allows him to take. Tatís is on the 60-day injured list and ineligible to return until the first week of June. In all likelihood, he’ll be out for a bit beyond when he’s first eligible to return, but it’s welcome news that he’s progressed to getting some pre-game work in on the field.
The Baseball Fan (Doesn’t like the Cubs)
Tatis contract is looking better and better for him. Worse and worse for the Padres
There was zero upside for the Padres to give someone 341 million two seasons into his career
I disagree. The future face of the game is Ohtani, Vlad Guerrero, Jr., Acuna, Soto, and Tatis.
Give me a choice between Tatis, Seager and Lindor for the next decade and I’ll take Tatis. It is not close.
Soto will get over $400 million, maybe over $450 million.
It is shameful that a young ballplayer can get $300 million when teachers and nurses are lucky to get ten thousand a month. But the Tatis contract will at market rate, neither high nor low, taking into account the current finances of the game, his upside and downside, injury risk, and inflation.
Lindor n Seaver are baby compare with tatis
Nothing shameful about a baseball player getting 300mil talent pays!
Like it or not, teachers and nurses do not generate millions of dollars a year for their schools and hospitals, respectively.
The future leaders they develop and lives they save are extremely valuable, but since the payoff isn’t as tangible, our society doesn’t value their contributions very highly.
Manny’s comment about “ten thousand a month” is wildly optimistic. More like 3-5 thousand.
The answer is Bo Bichette
Yeah ten thousand a month is 120k a year for teachers, which uhm…”wildly optimistic” is a very kind assessment of that take.
Not even close? Tatis is injury riddled so far in his career not sure how you get he is that much better then those two. I’m not ready to crown him anything until he can stay healthy and put up the numbers to compare
Incorrect! It’s like teachers DO generate millions in $ for their schools if not billions. I am a “teacher” at a UC university that generates $6.1 billion in revenue per year.
As for hospitals, have you checked out medical expenses lately? Billions. But the $ goes to drug and med tech corps and isn’t fairly shared with the players in the field ( nurses )
That said, the Pads are paying Tatis ave. $26 mil a year for 14 years. That’s now looking like a steal when you look at what lesser stars are now signing for in this market.
10k? HA! I’m a teacher and coach baseball and football for my high school and I bring home about 3k a month.
Who says we don’t value our teachers and doctors ?
Should teachers be paid more? Most definitely. My point is that one teacher alone does not bring the school millions of dollars.
It’s like the WNBA players complaining that they aren’t making enough and should be paid NBA money. You aren’t putting buttocks on seats nor eyes on screens, so your message will be left on seen.
But they do educate our children and save lives. Not everything is about money.
Schools should start charging parents for kids entry once the schools stop teaching kids about X and Y’s and start teaching them about financing, savings, and how important credit is.
“But they do educate our children and save lives.”
Everyone serves a purpose. The teacher can’t get to the school unless someone builds a road. They won’t be safe at some schools without a police officer present. They’ll freeze to death unless someone builds them shelter. They can’t teach without equipment. They can’t get paid without accountants.
It goes beyond what the business is making, it’s the replacement value and rarity of the skill that also needs to be factored in.
With dedication and desire most people can become a teacher, but you can train your entire life and will never become an elite baseball player. Therefore the pool of good teachers in much bigger and easier to replenish when compared to top tier MLB players. Not taking anything away from teachers, but similar to the entertainment industry, musicians and actors who rise to the top are highly compensated, they are not easily replaceable
Trevor is the true face of the game, especially to casual fans and the public in general.
teachers probably not .. but according to my last hospital bill nurses definitely generate some serious money.
Find me a teacher that can consistently hit a 100mph fastball over 400ft and I’ll agree with you. Plenty of people can teach, and rarity pays better.
“The Game Has Changed”
No upside…What? Tomorrow we will see if anyone can say something even more stupid.
Too bad they didn’t deduct this lost time as punishment… He probably would have pouted and had even more backlash. He’s too much of an invincible narcissist to learn a lesson unless he’s really pushed. Money changes everything.
Thinking very highly of oneself, believing others are inferior.
I believe every sport athlete should have a tad bit of a narcissistic trait.
There’s having it, and then there’s showing it.
Most veteran ballplayers will say that: “The game humbles you”.
Everyone – even the greats – gets their comeuppance at times. The used to be dozens of Andrew McCuchen’s in MLB. But now it’s about “selling your brand” and working with the agents in doing so.
MLB will continue to do what it’s always done. The best sport ever invented.
That’s a very generous definition of narcissism. Great athletes have confidence in their abilities.. Great narcissists are destructive to all they come in contact with.
Trump wouldn’t succeed in team sports
Yep it is
Wrist injury. Doesn’t matter when he comes back it will linger until next year. They all do
Get Off My Mound
I really hope this is his only injury scare on the year, or even in general, as far fetched as that might be. A full season’s worth of Buxton would be awesome.
I read ‘injury notes’ in the headline and didn’t see the other names at first and immediately thought it was about Mike Trout.
In how many different comment sections are you going to make this same lame joke?
Tatis sure keeps it interesting, seemingly both injury prone and a fast healer.
He’s not a fast healer
Sick burn. But luckily Tatis has already healed from it.
I hadn’t drafted Buxton in years, but he fell so low in one league, I had no choice. The dude puts up amazing numbers when not injured.
IRT Tatis, he made a mistake riding his mountain bike or whatever, but I would take his contract in a heartbeat. Some of the posters seem to forget that he still had a 6.2 bWAR last year. When Soto and Vlad are signing their $400M+ contracts, people are going to look at Tatis’ $340M as the “good ole days”.
Is Tatis made of glass?
Yeah but the BIG NEWS is the Motorola deal…Padres shoulda had a golden arches all ready on their sleeves… Would looked cooler too… What’s next Bail bonds on the backs? GO PADRES…
Sid’s Carpet Barn
LOL Gwynning! Sid’s sponsored my Pony League team a long time ago, they still around?