AL Player of the Week Byron Buxton was removed from last night’s Twins-White Sox game with some sort of hand injury. The Twins said they would reevaluate it in the morning, which basically led to everyone on Twitter tweeting stuff like this all morning:
don't be the hamate bone, don't be the hamate bone, don't be the hamate bone, don't be the hamate bone, don't be the hamate bone, don't be t https://t.co/8RT7rd3a9Z— Parker Hageman (@ParkerHageman) August 31, 2017
Well guess what?
It's left hamate bone for Buxton. Still waiting results— Mike Berardino (@MikeBerardino) August 31, 2017
Now, I don’t know what a hamate bone is, but from Parker’s and others’ reactions it does not sound like a good thing to injure. Also, we don’t know yet if it’s fractured or what, or how much time Buxton will miss, but at this point you can probably just assume the worst case scenario.
According to Mike Berardino, Buxton said he’s never injured his hamate before. Buxton also said he felt a “sharp pain” in his first at-bat and a painful hit in his last at bat.
Buxton’s injury is a huge blow for the Twins, who are in the middle of a close playoff push and already missing All-Star slugger Miguel Sano due to a stress reaction in his leg. Oh, yeah, and about that—Sano is showing no signs of improvement and is walking around with his leg in a boot. He apparently also went to the hospital today for further tests.
UPDATE [1:02 pm CT]:
HE’S GOING TO BE OKAY!!!!!!!!!!
Derek Falvey says Buxton has just a bone contusion, nothing serious, could be used on bases or defense if needed later today— Mark Rosen (@WCCORosen) August 31, 2017