Minnesota Twins star outfielder Byron Buxton set for season-ending knee surgery

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MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton will not return this season and will undergo surgery on his troubled right knee.

Minnesota’s president of baseball operations, Derek Falvey, gave Buxton and several other Twins players an injury update before the start of Friday’s homestand against the Los Angeles Angels. After Minnesota went 1-7 on its road trip and fell out of contention in the AL Central, the team decided to shut Buxton down for the year.

Buxton, who was named an All-Star for the first time this season and hit 23 homers in 73 first-half games, has been out since Aug. 1. 23 due to right hip strain. But the knee continues to be an issue, and Falvey said Buxton will undergo arthroscopic “cleanup” surgery to alleviate some of the scar tissue and degeneration.

“The truth is, he didn’t have a tear in the knee,” Falvey said. “He’s got some inflammation, he’s got some scar tissue, and if you have tendinitis, there’s certain types of ligaments that build up over time, which can cause some ligaments to atrophy.”

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“So what’s usually happening is scar tissue, which otherwise creates more of that inflammation when you’re palpating it. So, now we’re going to palpate some of that and that’s going to reduce the stress going forward,” he said. .

A date for Buxton’s surgery has not been set, but next week could set him up for a full season.

Falvey said Buxton’s hip is fine and will improve with rest. The knee and a combination of the two ultimately ended Buxton’s season. He finished with a .224 average, 28 homers, 51 RBI and six steals in 92 games.

The team had hoped Buxton would return this season, but Minnesota began Friday 10 games behind Cleveland in the division and 9 1/2 games out of the final wild-card spot.

“Over the last week or so we’ve been working out what the best next steps are as we get to a certain point, and if we’re in a slightly different position, we’ll put this off a little bit more. Realistically, the return for him won’t be particularly long,” Falvey said.

“So we’ll do it next week or two weeks, three weeks, and he’ll only be down for a few weeks before he starts doing some activity again,” he said.

The team gave Buxton a regular day off to deal with a knee problem. In August, he injured his groin. 22 diving per ball.

Buxton, who signed a seven-year, $100 million contract, has played in more than 100 games once in his eight-year career.

“This guy, he’s faced a lot of challenges in his career, sure, but it didn’t stop this year, it started early,” Falvey said. “I think he was able to go out there and fight and have some healthy stretches, which obviously weren’t healthy, but incredibly productive, and I felt like he was really tracking right, and we were in a good spot there.”

Falvey said the team has not closed the door on returning second baseman Jorge Polanco, who is out with left knee inflammation. Outfielder Max Kepler, who is out with a sprained right wrist, will also return this season, Falvey said.

Outfielder Trevor Larnach, who was playing rehab games after core muscle surgery, is now dealing with wrist pain.

Tyler Mahle, acquired at the trade deadline from Cincinnati, will not return as he recovers from right shoulder inflammation. The team is focusing on getting the pitch ready for the start of the next season.

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