Minnesota Twins and MLB top outfield prospect Byron Buxton simply cannot seem to catch a break. Recent reports have stated that Buxton was taken off the field in an ambulance after colliding with a teammate in right center field during his first Double-A game with the New Britain Rock Cats.
Buxton has spent the majority of this baseball season on the disabled list. His first injury came in March, when he sprained his wrist diving for a ball. After recovering, Buxton re-injured his wrist sliding into second base. That injury sidelined him until July 6, meaning Buxton has already missed the vast majority of the baseball season this year.
However, this most recent injury creates the greatest concern to date. Buxton collided with teammate Mike Kvasnicka while tracking a fly ball. Kvasnicka was able to stand up, but Buxton was carted into an ambulance after not moving for 10 consecutive minutes.
Buxton, considered by many to be the No. 1 prospect in the MLB, was expected to join the major league club, at the very latest, by September of 2015. He is supposed to be the biggest piece of a rebuilding phase in Minnesota. Along with fellow top Twins prospect Miguel Sano, who conveniently is also on the disabled list after surgery, Buxton is projected to be a perennial All-Star who can help the Twins become playoff contenders once again.
While his wrist injuries stunted his development some, this most recent injury could be extremely serious. We are all praying for a speedy recovery for Buxton and are hopeful this does not hinder him in his ascension process to the major leagues.