Twins Holding Breath After Yet Another Buxton Injury

Here we go again. Minnesota Twins franchise player Byron Buxton, clearly one of the best players in baseball—when he's able to stay on the field—left Saturday night's game with another injury. The Twins are holding their breath once again. 

The 28-year-old left the game in the 8th inning with "right hip tightness." It apparently originated in the 1st inning, when he hit first base hard on a close play. He wasn't able to run at full strength the rest of the game. 

“It just kept kind of tightening up on him,” interim manager Jayce Tingler said. “So, that’s obviously when we made the move (to take him out of the game) … I don’t know the level of concern."

Buxton has already missed about a week this season with a knee injury suffered during a slide into second base, and he suffered a hand bruise which only kept him out for one game. "He’s been battling a little bit," continued Tingler. "But certainly the hand, the knee and the hip, all three things of those, so it’s kind of moving around on him."

Last season, Buxton missed six weeks with a right hip strain, so here's hoping that this one is nothing close to that. He's currently listed as day-to-day.

Buxton's talent is undeniable. He now has 41 home runs in his last 110 games played. Teammate Carlos Correa calls him "the best player in the world." 

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