A lot of people’s favorite but star-crossed Minnesota Twin is fully recovered. Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports that Byron Buxton’s surgically repaired shoulder is ‘healing well enough’ for him to begin tee work.
Furthermore, the Minnesota Twins believe he will be ready for the team’s first full-squad workout which is about a month from today. Here’s Miller’s tweet saying as much. Still, Miller writes that Buxton missed Twinsfest; but that is in large part to working through his injury.
Byron Buxton's surgically repaired shoulder is healing well enough for him to start hitting off a tee, doctors determine after exams in Minnesota this week. Twins believe he will be ready for first full-squad workout, which is one month from today. https://t.co/Xk2lGyfyaT
— Phil Miller (@MillerStrib) January 18, 2020
The Twins just signed Josh Donaldson, and are returning a ton of firepower from their 2019 squad. Certainly, Buxton is the forgotten man in the shuffle. However, when he’s healthy it’s hard to argue that he’s a damn good baseball player that should be enjoyed.
For instance, look at his 2019 final numbers. The 26-year old compiled a 2.7 fWAR, and hit .262/.314/.513 with 10 home runs and 14 stolen bases. In addition he had 10 Defensive Runs Saved, a plus-8.7 Ultimate Zone Rating.
If the Minnesota Twins add a healthy Buxton in the prime years to their lineup as a bonus, baseball could have a new great team on their hands. He gets plenty of run-time in these parts because we still believe.