The Minnesota Twins announced within the last half hour that they have placed OF Byron Buxton on the 60-day Injured List, effectively ending his season. Along with the move to the IL, the Twins announced they have reinstated Kyle Gibson from the 10-day IL and that the open 40-man roster spot will be taken by IF Ronald Torreyes, who will be joining the Twins tonight.
Buxton’s season was not only a bounceback from a failed 2018 campaign, which was not entirely his fault, but could be considered a breakout season in which he hit .262/.314/.513 with 10 homers and 46 RBI. The speedster notched 30 doubles, four triples, and a team-leading 14 stolen bases. His outfield skills got him five assists, including being involved in two double-plays. On the flip side, his passion for the game lost him some time this season with a concussion and now a shoulder subluxation that will require surgery.
Gibson landed on the IL due to ulcerative colitis and will return to the Twins rotation this series with the Washington Nationals. He’s slated to start Thursday night. Gibby has pitched to a 4.58 ERA in 28 games (27 starts), with a 4.04 FIP and an 8.8 K/9, the highest of his career so far.
Torreyes was originally on the 40-man roster to begin the season, but was eventually moved off of it during the course of the year. Acquired via free agency after being released from the New York Yankees, the Venezuelan has played 81 games - most of them with AAA Rochester - and batted .256/.287/.401 with 11 homers and 42 RBI. His addition to the roster is the blessing of September roster expansion and is purely utility infield depth.