Centerfielder Byron Buxton and utility bat Marwin Gonzalez have been reinstated from the injured list, per Dustin Morse of the Minnesota Twins (via Twitter). In corresponding moves, outfielders Jake Cave and LaMonte Wade Jr. are optioned back to Triple-A Rochester.
Buxton ultimately missed 13 games with a wrist contusion. His reemergence has been a major story for the Twins, as just a year after spending time in the minors, Buxton has sprung back to form with a .266/.324/.527 line. Like the rest of the Twins, power has really been his calling card. He’s mashed 21 doubles, 3 triples, and 9 home runs, good for a .261 ISO.
Gonzalez also rejoins the club after a minimal stint on the IL with a hamstring strain. Gonzalez, 30, has produced as promised in Minnesota, slashing .255/.323/.420, which aligns almost exactly with career averages. Defensively, he has been every bit the swiss-army-knife for Minnesota as he was for Houston, appearing at every position except pitcher, catcher, and centerfield, though he has by far been utilized most often at third base.
Wade Jr.’s stay in Minneapolis proved very short. He appeared just once, playing six innings in right field yesterday and getting hit by a pitch in two plate appearances. Cave was granted a little more opportunity, appearing in 28 games so far this season for the Twins. While playing all three outfield positions, Cave hit just .176/.299/.243 with 28 strikeouts in 74 at-bats.