Buxton Leaves Wild Card Game Early With Back Tightness

Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton watches his ground ball on which a runner was forced and a run scored during the third inning of the American League wild-card baseball game. Photo: AP/Frank Franklin III
Minnesota Twins' Byron Buxton watches his ground ball on which a runner was forced and a run scored during the third inning of the American League wild-card baseball game.

October 04, 2017 12:17 AM

Minnesota Twins speedster Byron Buxton has been replaced in center field during the fourth inning of the AL wild-card game against the New York Yankees because of tightness in his back.

Zack Granite entered for Buxton to begin the bottom of the inning.

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Buxton grimaced in pain after crashing into the fence on a highlight-reel catch in the second. He tracked Todd Frazier's deep fly ball and made a leaping grab, slamming back-first into the wall before tumbling to the ground. He stayed on his back momentarily before getting up and staying in the game.

Buxton drove in a run with a groundout in the third, running hard to beat out a potential double play. He later stole second base.

Buxton, the No. 2 pick in the 2012 amateur draft, is a Gold Glove Award contender and one of the game's best baserunners. He had a strong second half at the plate and batted .253 with 16 homers and 51 RBIs overall.

 

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