Jump to content

Providing independent coverage of the Minnesota Twins.
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

The Forums

Zulgad: Is MLB really making return about dollars and cents?

Minnesota Twins Talk Today, 12:14 AM
https://www.skornort...lars-and-cents/   The owners have made their proposal to the players. The players association will now have t...
Full topic ›

Watch the Live Play-by-Play of the Minnesota Twins (33-21...

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 09:18 PM
Thank You We were fortunate enough again to have another news outlet cover our "Virtual," Twins and yesterday it was WCCO. Thank you for...
Full topic ›

Cosmetic Changes at TF

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 06:52 PM
I went down to Target Field with the family this weekend (got some Glam Doll donuts and played on the grass by the LRT station for my bir...
Full topic ›

WP article about 1924 World Series win by pre-Twins

Minnesota Twins Talk Yesterday, 11:20 AM
Saw this lovely article today by one of the country's best sports writers. It sounds like 1924 rivaled 1991 for excitement!   https:...
Full topic ›

Rent the Blue Wahoos' stadium for whiffle ball and ov...

Twins Minor League Talk 24 May 2020
Kind of unbelievable, but I guess they might as well make money somehow now that baseball is shut down.   https://www.washingt...all...
Full topic ›

Recent Blogs

Byron Buxton's Recovery Reaches New Milestone

The Minnesota Twins have emphasized that when it comes to Byron Buxton, his recovery process will be taken one day at a time. On this day however he reached a fairly significant milestone for the 2020 season: Live swings.

It happened in front of a near-empty minor league stadium. There were no fans, no fielders and no pressure. A congregation of coaches and a smattering of players lined the wall behind the plate and lingered in the dugout. Buxton’s first live action in the batter’s box since last August didn't exude the gravitas that perhaps the moment should have.

In this moment, one of the players with the most electrifying tools in the game, was inching closer to his return.
Image courtesy of Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
What was Buxton’s instant analysis of the hacks?

“It’s the first day, so I was just up there, basically looking at pitches, trying to swing at good pitches, see how the arm feels,” he said. “Felt pretty good, so take the positive side out of it, put the ball in play a little bit. It’s a good day all around.”

On Tuesday, Buxton faced a quartet of Twins pitchers, including a couple of Baileys — Homer and Ober -- as well as Bryan Sammons and Lachlan Wells. The field was empty besides on the mound and at the plate. Catchers called pitches and occasionally announced a count. Buxton saw about 16 pitches in all, including a pair of split-changes from Bailey.

“I'm glad he's over here and I don't have to deal with that split-change anymore,” Buxton said after the session. “Oh my goodness. It was good.”

For the Twins, having Buxton in center field and adding his speed to the lineup to give the opposing battery panic attacks is a massive weapon. After all, in 2019 the Twins were 62-25 when he played, which is certainly notable, but Rocco Baldelli feels that there is something extra that Buxton brings to the team.

“There are a lot of skill sets that you see a fair number of in the big leagues, his skill set is not one you see very often,” Baldelli said. “When he does make these plays, there's an energy and it becomes contagious. It gets our team and his teammates a confidence when he's out there. That's something that he does.”

Buxton’s emerging leadership is becoming more evident too. During the live session, once the pitchers were done for the day, Buxton would walk out toward the baseline and greet them, giving them a knuckle smash and offering words of encouragement. In regard to his shoulder recovery, Buxton noted that the little things, like a healthy day after live swings, makes a difference. It’s possible, too, that little things such as a passing platitude to a teammate makes a difference.

As far as his progression, if all goes well Buxton says he will see live pitching again on Thursday and Friday. Once comfortable with that, he will begin game action but there is no timeline for that -- which is something the manager and player agree upon.

“His comfort and progression and health are the most important thing,” said Baldelli. “I don't have a schedule for Byron Buxton. Our training staff does not have a schedule for Byron. He's going to show us what his schedule will be by how well everything goes as it is laid out.”

“We are all on the same page,” Buxton said. “Each and every day we take it one day at a time. Today was the first day of live BPs and it felt good.”

What does it mean for Opening Day?

“Obviously I want to make Opening Day, but if the situation isn’t here, it’s not here,” he said matter-of-factly. “Keep doing what I’m doing, keep working hard, and go from there.”

One day at a time.

  • birdwatcher, scottz, Mike Frasier Law and 6 others like this

  • Share:
  • submit to reddit
Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

Subscribe to Twins Daily Email

8 Comments

Buxton will be fine. They'll ease him into the lineup, platooning with Jake Cave. Even if Buck can't swing the bat yet, they'll still bring him in for late defense, until he feels fully fit. Cave has showed that he's a capable 4th OF. 

    • SF Twins Fan likes this
I don't expect him to be ready by opening day. Mid April maybe. He will need some time to get his timing down. On the plus side he will miss our coldest time of the year.
The thing he has going for him, as I understand it, is that his conditioning is 100% and I believe I heard he's shagging balls, etc, and doing everything "normal" other than hitting.

While the question remains about regaining timing, if she shoulder holds up, I could see him breaking with the club.

Happy for him as the Buxton soap opera enters a new phase.Won't it be nice when we just expect and see him in the lineup everyday.

Photo
Halsey Hall
Mar 10 2020 06:25 PM

He faced Oderizzi two days ago and didn't swing, during a simulated game on the minor league field. He probably had 4 ab's,  After he and Jake discussed  the pitches.  

    • Steve Lein and DocBauer like this
Photo
Parker Hageman
Mar 11 2020 11:02 AM

 

He faced Oderizzi two days ago and didn't swing, during a simulated game on the minor league field. He probably had 4 ab's,  After he and Jake discussed  the pitches.  

 

Yes, he's had a few stand-in ABs. This was the first swings he would take. 

 

I don't expect him to be ready by opening day. Mid April maybe. He will need some time to get his timing down. On the plus side he will miss our coldest time of the year.

I'd be quite happy if he played in May for the Twins.He seems to take a loooong time to get his timing back after missing games.But when is out, he does tend to miss significant lengths of time, so that is understandable.

 

Look forward to seeing him rolling along in June (fingers crossed).

 

Happy for him as the Buxton soap opera enters a new phase.Won't it be nice when we just expect and see him in the lineup everyday.

 

It would be nice if we could expect to see him in the lineup every day.I take it back, it would be heavenly if...

Unfortunately only fool would expect that considering his history...


Similar Articles


by RandBalls Stu , 21 May 2020
Photo


by Cody Christie , 18 May 2020
Photo


by Cody Christie , 28 Apr 2020
Photo


by John Bonnes , 06 Apr 2020
Photo


by Steve Lein , 31 Mar 2020
Photo