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Byron Buxton hits IL; Jake Cave recalled

Despite improving every day, Buxton needs a little more time.

Kansas City Royals v Minnesota Twins Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

Byron Buxton has been placed on the 10-day IL with a bruised wrist, retroactive to Friday. In his absence, the Twins have recalled outfielder Jake Cave from Triple-A Rochester.

Buxton was hit in the wrist by a pitch on Friday night and had not seen game action since then. It had been unclear as to whether or not Buxton was available off the bench as a pinch-runner, but the move today answers that question.

The move, it seems, has more to do with roster flexibility than the severity of Buxton’s injury. Excluding the backup catcher, Minnesota was essentially only working with two bench bats with Byron out of action.

Jake Cave seems ready to fill in on a major-league roster. He’s proved his value as the 25th man before, and has been raking in the minors for about a month.

Get well soon, Byron!