The Minnesota Twins have activated top prospect Byron Buxton from the disabled list and have demoted him to Triple-A Rochester. This is the second time that the Twins have activated a starter from the disabled list and sent him down, with the other being Oswaldo Arcia, who’s still in the minors.
Buxton, 21, played in just 11 games hitting a slash of .189/.231/.270 in 39 plate appearances. The centerfielder has already played three rehab games, going 5-for-12 with a stolen base.
This really boils down to the fact that the Twins want to protect Buxton’s service time to keep him in Minnesota longer. Once a player finishes their sixth season they can hit free agency.
The Twins playoff chances are looking slim, as they set 11.5 games back in their division and 4.5 games back in the Wild Card with a little over a month and a half remaining.