Minnesota Twins Reveal Plans For Byron Buxton

He finally made his spring training debut... with just one week to go before the start of the season. The Minnesota Twins are thrilled to see Byron Buxton back on the field, and have revealed their plans for him to start the season.

Manager Rocco Baldelli says Buxton will DH to begin the regular season, and that he's "doing great" health-wise, according to Twins beat writer Do-Hyoung Park. 

Baldelli added that their plan is to "get a full season out of Buxton", and DHing him early, they hope, will allow them to do so, as they work to build up his field work in center field. 

Buxton once again failed to stay healthy in 2022, playing just 92 games. But the dynamic talent produced big-time in those contests, blasting 28 home runs to go with an .833 OPS, and production that was 35% better than average (OPS+ of 135). 

However, those 92 games represented the most Buxton has played in a season in five years, and he's topped that total just once in his eight-year career. In fact, he's played just 307 games total since 2017.

Buxton is coming off a season filled with knee issues, and he underwent arthroscopic surgery in September. Getting a "full season" out of him, as Baldelli hopes, would be a masterful accomplishment. 

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