Buxton expected back for Spring Training after surgery

MLB's top prospect underwent procedure to repair broken finger

Buxton expected back for Spring Training after surgery

MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton underwent surgery Thursday to repair a broken middle finger on his left hand, but he is expected to be ready for Spring Training, Twins director of Minor League operations Brad Steil said Friday.

Buxton, ranked as the No. 1 overall prospect by MLB.com, sustained the injury on Monday while trying to make a diving catch in the Arizona Fall League. It was originally believed that Buxton only had a dislocated finger, but after visiting a hand specialist, it was determined he fractured his finger and needed surgery.

Buxton, 20, played in 13 games in the Arizona Fall League with the Salt River Rafters. He hit .263/.298/.311 with two doubles, six RBIs and five stolen bases en route to being named a Fall League All-Star. He'll be replaced by fellow Twins prospect Eddie Rosario on the All-Star roster.

The surgery ends an injury-riddled season for Buxton, who dealt with a lingering wrist injury sustained in March that he re-injured in early May. He also saw his Minor League season come to an end with a concussion in an outfield collision on Aug. 13.

Buxton played in 30 games at Class A Advanced Fort Myers, hitting .240/.313/.405 with four homers, four doubles, two triples and 16 RBIs before getting promoted to Double-A New Britain. But Buxton sustained his concussion in his first game at Double-A, and he didn't return to action until the Fall League after working out at the club's instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla. Buxton played in just 44 games on the year, including his time in the Fall League.

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