MINNEAPOLIS -- On Monday, the Twins reinstated outfielder Byron Buxton, their No. 1 prospect, from the 15-day disabled list and optioned him to Triple-A Rochester.
Buxton was placed on the DL on June 26 with a left thumb sprain, and he appeared with Rochester in three rehab games, batting .417 (5-for-12).
"The short amount of time that he had up here, we all saw and it was a struggle, so it isn't going to hurt him to have time at Triple-A is about what it came down to," general manager Terry Ryan said on Tuesday.
Over 11 games with Minnesota prior to his injury, Buxton hit .189 (7-for-37) with one double, one triple, two walks, a stolen base and five runs. Ryan said he hoped to see Buxton again as a September callup and that it was possible Buxton might be back before then.
"I thought long and hard about exactly how to handle the situation. He's a big piece to our future here, there's no doubt," Ryan said. "We skipped him over Triple-A. He's healthy now, so I optioned him and then we'll see how he does and responds here at Triple-A. We're going to get him settled in and let him go and compete."
Betsy Helfand is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.