Buxton, who was the top prospect in baseball entering the 2013 season according to John Sickels of Minor League Ball, was held out of the lineup on Wednesday, but his injury isn't considered serious, says Manuel. Buxton is hitting .212/.288/.404 with three home runs in 52 plate appearances for the Glendale Desert Dogs, who are comprised of minor-leaguers from the Twins, Dodgers, Marlins, Reds and White Sox organizations.
The 19-year-old native of Georgia was drafted with the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 MLB First-Year Player Draft. After hitting .248/.344/.448 in his pro debut, Buxton exploded with a .334/.424/.520 line across two minor-league stops in 2013.
More news from around the league:
- The Twins have reached out to free-agent hurlers Phil Hughes, Jason Vargas and Bronson Arroyo, per Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press. The team has also expressed interest in one of its former starting pitchers, Johan Santana, as well as Scott Kazmir, according to 1500 ESPN's Darren Wolfson.
- The Rockies were busy on Wednesday as well. The team plans to offer a multi-year contract to free-agent backstop Carlos Ruiz and has been in contact with relief pitchers Joe Smith, Jose Veras, Brian Wilson and Grant Balfour, according to Troy Renck of the Denver Post.
- Colorado added a lesser-known reliever to its ranks on Wednesday, signing former Mets right-hander Greg Burke to a minor-league deal. Burke posted a 5.68 ERA in 32 appearances in 2013.
- The Angels picked up former Rockies, Cubs and Marlins hurler Chris Volstad on a minor-league contract, writes MLB.com's Alden Gonzalez. Volstad, 28, allowed at least one run in each of his six relief appearances with Colorado in 2013 after going 3-12 with a 6.31 ERA for Chicago in 2012.