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Byron Buxton Injury: Updates on Twins Prospect's Concussion and Recovery

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Tim KeeneyContributor IAugust 13, 2014

Updates from Tuesday, Aug. 26

Aaron Gleeman of HardBallTalk.com reported the latest in Byron Buxton's recovery:

Twins prospect Byron Buxton missed the first two-plus months of the season following a spring training wrist injury and missed the final two weeks of the season following a concussion suffered during a gruesome-looking outfield collision.

But the good news is that the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball is now healthy enough that the Twins have chosen the 20-year-old center fielder to participate in the Arizona Fall League.

MLB.com later confirmed Buxton's spot in the Fall League.

Updates from Monday, Aug. 18

Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com has an update on how the Twins organization plans to use Byron Buxton for the rest of the 2014 season:

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press adds more details on his health:


Updates from Thursday, Aug. 14

Byron Buxton released a statement on Twitter following his injury:

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press provides an update on Buxton's status:

MILB.com also shared video of the incident that injured Buxton:


Original Text

Making his debut with Double-A New Britain Wednesday, Minnesota Twins top prospect Byron Buxton suffered a scary collision in the outfield and had to be taken off the field in an ambulance. 

The Hartford Courant's Don Amore relayed the frightening details of the 20-year-old's injury and aftermath:

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press received an update from Twins VP Mike Radcliff:

New Britain Herald reporter Matt Straub had more in an update:

Dustin Morse of the Twins communication team added more clarification: 

Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports added: 

Photographer Scott Blanchette provided a snapshot of moments before the collision:

GM Terry Ryan commented on the injury via Jake Seiner of MiLB.com:

'He's alert,' Ryan said after accompanying Buxton to the hospital. 'He has a concussion, so we'll have to take the normal procedures and protocol for concussion symptoms. He'll certainly be watched.

'We're grateful for just the concussion. ... That was very scary.'

It's hard to call that an encouraging development, but considering an ambulance had to be driven onto the field, this sounds far from the worst-case scenario. 

Buxton has a blindingly bright future. 

The No. 2 pick in the 2012 draft, he entered the 2014 season as the No. 1 overall prospect, according to Baseball America, MLB.com and BaseballProspectus.com's rankings, per Baseball-Reference.com

He hit just .240/.313/.405 as he struggled in his return from a spring training wrist injury, but the Twins opted to promote him to Double-A before Wednesday's contest. 

Of course, none of that matters at this moment. Buxton has the makeup of a future star, but this is an extremely frightening situation. With details of his injury still a bit scarce, we can only hope the prognosis is less serious than the nature of the collision.

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