Twins place Buxton on injured list, recall Cave
MINNEAPOLIS -- The Minnesota Twins put Byron Buxton on the 10-day injured list with a contusion on his right wrist. The center fielder hasn’t played since being hit by a pitch and leaving a 2-0 victory over Kansas City early on Friday, June 14.
To replace Buxton on the 25-man roster, the Twins have recalled outfielder Jake Cave from Triple-A Rochester and put him right into center field for Tuesday’s game against the Boston Red Sox at Target Field. He will bat eighth.
“I’m happy to see him, I’m happy to plug him right into the lineup,” manager Rocco Baldelli said.
Buxton, 25, tested the wrist with some outdoor work and took some swings in the cage before Monday’s 2-0 loss to the Red Sox. In 65 games this season, the center fielder is hitting .266 with nine home runs, 38 runs batted in and a team-high 21 doubles.
The IL move is retroactive to June 15.
“We want to make sure he’s healthy and ready to go for the long haul so that this is not an issue going forward,” Baldelli said. “I still don’t think anything has changed from yesterday or the day before; he’s made a ton of progress from the day he woke up after being hit. Significantly better. But it’s still something we want to make sure to let heal.”
The Twins put utility infielder Ehire Adrianza on the IL because of a gastrointestinal issue and recalled infielder infielder Luis Arraez from Triple-A Rochester.
In 43 games for the Twins, Adrianza is hitting .271 with four home runs and 20 runs scored.
“He’s battled through it for a couple of days, and we’ll let him physically rest up, make sure we give him the opportunity to get checked out,” Baldelli said. “I don’t think it’s something we’re going to be dealing with for an extraordinarily long time.”
Arraez made his major league debut this season with 10 games in Minnesota. Since being optioned back to the Red Wings, he hit .346 with four doubles and eight RBIs in 13 games.
Blake Parker leads the Twins with nine saves and is still a big part of the bullpen despite recent struggles.
“As I sit here,” Baldelli said, “I don’t think about Blake or worry about Blake in any way.”
Parker gave up a ninth-inning run in Monday’s loss on a pair of doubles, the fifth time in eight appearances the veteran right-hander has allowed a run. In seven innings since May 19, his earned-run average has risen from 1.96 to 4.44.
Of the 11 hits he has surrendered over that span, five have been home runs.
“Have the outings been clean or have gone the way Blake and we’ve wanted? No,” Baldelli said. “But that does happen sometimes when you are talking about a guy who comes in and pitches one inning. If the inning doesn’t go clean, we end up talking about it. Several of the outings I think he threw the ball really well. I’ve said this before: I think he’s throwing the ball well.”
Back to Cave
Cave was hitting extraordinarily well since being sent back to Rochester in May, hitting .326 with 12 doubles, two triples, five home runs, 25 RBIs and a .945 OPS in 33 games.
When congratulated Tuesday on his OPS, he said, “Don’t tell me what it is. I had a feeling it was good, but I don’t want to know what it is.”
Ian Krol, a left-hander who has pitched parts of six major league seasons with Washington, Detroit, Atlanta and Anaheim, signed a minor league contract and was assigned to Rochester. In 225 MLB relief appearances, Krol, 28, is 8-6 with a 4.50 earned-run average. … Outfielder Jimmy Kerrigan was promoted to Rochester from Double-A Pensacola.