Buxton's MRI reveals no structural damage

Twins top prospect has minor wrist sprain, could be back next week

Byron Buxton batted .334 with 12 homers, 77 RBIs and 55 steals across two levels last season. (Mark LoMoglio/MiLB)

By Tyler Maun / MiLB.com | March 23, 2014 7:22 PM ET

The Minnesota Twins already lost one rising star this spring. They can breathe easier after good news about another.

An MRI on the sore left wrist of top overall prospect Byron Buxton revealed no structural damage and only a minor sprain, according to Twins assistant general manager Rob Antony. Buxton will remain day-to-day, a welcome result for an organization that already had its No. 2 prospect, third baseman Miguel Sano, undergo potentially season-ending Tommy John surgery.

Buxton was injured on March 16 while making a diving attempt in a Minor League spring game. The 20-year-old outfielder, selected second overall in the 2012 Draft, has not played since but should be able to return to action next week.

"They expect him to be back in there after going on some anti-inflammatories," Antony told MLB.com. "They did not think it was anything to be concerned about."

Buxton batted .158 (3-for-19) with a homer, double and two RBIs in seven Grapefruit League games before being assigned to Minor League camp on March 9.

Taillon, Glasnow remain out: While the Twins received good news on the injury front, the Pirates are awaiting medical updates on two prized pitching prospects. Jameson Taillon and Tyler Glasnow, the team's second- and third-ranked prospects, respectively, both remain sidelined.

Taillon is slated to get a second opinion on elbow discomfort dubbed "minor" by MLB.com's No. 16 overall prospect. The 22-year-old right-hander is expected to be shut down for a couple of weeks while awaiting further news.

"He reported the discomfort in the elbow a few days ago," Pirates general manger Neal Huntington told MLB.com. "Like we do with every pitcher, [we] wanted to make sure of what's going on in there. He had the MRI and the ligament is intact."

Glasnow has been dealing with lower back tightness that has prevented him from seeing any game action in Minor League camp. MLB.com's No. 27 overall prospect will begin the season on the disabled list but has begun throwing on the side to build arm strength. The 20-year-old right-hander is coming off a breakout season for Class A West Virginia, where he was 9-3 with a 2.18 ERA and 164 strikeouts in 24 starts.

While Glasnow's injury likely will delay the start to his Minor League season, Taillon's could postpone his arrival in the big leagues. While the Pirates anticipated a possible midseason callup for the former Futures Game participant, Taillon is not expected to join Triple-A Indianapolis until early May.

Tyler Maun is a contributor to MiLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues or its clubs.

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