Report: Byron Buxton may start the season on the DL
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For Twins fans excited about the wave of future prospects, spring training has been something of a wet blanket.
Miguel Sano will miss the year with Tommy John surgery. Alex Meyer didn't last long in Major League camp. And Byron Buxton strained his left wrist.
Now, Buxton may miss the beginning of the minor league season, according to Phil Miller of the Star Tribune.
Buxton is expected to open the season in Double-A New Britain, but he is not yet recovered from the wrist injury, suffered 10 days ago while diving for a ball in the outfield.
The good news for the Twins, according to Miller, is that an MRI Saturday revealed no structural damage.
This is an important development year for the 20-year-old.
He has yet to struggle at any level since being drafted No. 2 overall in 2012. He finished last season with a successful stint at Class-A Advanced Fort Myers.
If he misses a few weeks to start the season, it wouldn't by any means crumble his potential. But the Twins likely are anxious to see how their phenom handles Double-A pitching. It's widely believed that as soon as a player conquers Double-A, he is ready to perform in the Majors.
The Twins and their fans may have to be patient.