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Minnesota Twins’ Byron Buxton fractures left hand on HBP days after get back from long nonattendance

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In his third game since getting back from an all-encompassing nonattendance, Minnesota Twins focus defender Byron Buxton endured a left hand fracture when he was hit by a pitch during Monday night’s 7-5 extra-inning prevail upon the visiting Cincinnati Reds.

Buxton, who missed 40 games with a stressed right hip prior to getting back to activity on Saturday, was hit by a 94 mph fastball from Reds starter Tyler Mahle in the fourth inning.

Buxton remained in the game for another inning yet frowned in the wake of making a catch in center field to end the fifth and was pulled. He was at first reported as having a left hand injury, however X-rays uncovered the fracture.

He could miss a month or something like that, a devastating hit to a frequently harmed player who had been sidelined since May 6 preceding being enacted from the harmed list.

“This isn’t fair. That’s how I feel about the whole thing,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said after his team beat the Reds in 12 innings for their fifth straight victory.

Buxton had been 4-for-11 with two singles, a double and a home run in parts of three games since coming off the IL.

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