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.
Jake Cave leads the International League since May 27 with:— Nate Rowan (@njrowan) June 18, 2019
He also ranks among the league leaders over that period in:
R (T-1st, 19)
TB (2nd, 57)
OPS (2nd, 1.156)
3B (T-2nd, 2)
SLG (3rd, .713)
OBP (5th, .443)#MNTwins
Get well soon, Byron!