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MLB’s best prospect, Byron Buxton, won’t play before May

Byron Buxton

Minnesota Twins first round draft pick Byron Buxton, center, waits for a pitch as manger Ron Gardenhire and hitting coach Joe Vara watch during batting practice before an interleague baseball game with the Philadelphia Phillies, Tuesday, June 12, 2012, in Minneapolis. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Jerry Holt)


Baseball’s best prospect, Twins center fielder Byron Buxton, injured his left wrist diving for a ball on March 16. At the time the Twins hoped he’d miss just a few days, but he hasn’t played since then and now they don’t expect him to see any game action until at least May.

Assistant general manager Rob Antony told Rhett Bollinger of that “there’s no set timetable” for Buxton’s return and the Twins are “not going to push him.”

Minnesota already lost fellow stud prospect Miguel Sano for the entire season to Tommy John elbow surgery and, just generally speaking, Twins fans could use some good news at some point soon. And it certainly isn’t going to come from the big-league team, which appears headed for a fourth consecutive 95-loss season.

Buxton had been ticketed for Double-A at age 20, but now he’ll need some time at extended spring training first.

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