Twin in the center of the feeder Byron Buxton undergoes surgery to correct his shoulder laser, skipper Rocco Baldelli told reporters, including Betsy Helfand of St. Pioneer-Press ( via Twitter ). This will obviously end his 201
Earlier today, it appeared that some surgical outcome was possible. But this still represents a major development in the situation. The exact details of Buxton's procedure remain unknown – and will depend on what was found by surgeons – but the basic expectation is a five to six month recovery process. (Via Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com, on Twitter .)
Spring training will begin in mid-February 2020. This will be exactly the six-month mark of today's procedure. Depending on the severity of the damage, the extent of work, and the course of rehabilitation, Buxton's full availability at the start of the camp seems likely, but hardly certain.
The Twins will collect information on Buxton's progress and prospects throughout the rehabilitation process. But the club will have to account for uncertainty in some way. How it can influence off-season decision-making remains to be seen.
As we look further into the story above, this news will force the Twins to come out in the most optimal alignment of the downstream and postseason fields. It takes a player out of the mix who has played at 5 to 6 WAR year-round tempo. Looking forward, Buxton's limited playing time will limit his ability to raise a big raise over his current salary of $ 1.75 million, though his strong offensive numbers will certainly support the setbacks. A Super Two qualifier this year, Buxton remains eligible to go through the archery process three more times.