Byron Buxton cleared to join High-A Fort Myers


Byron Buxton — rated by most publications as the top prospect in baseball — is finally recovered from his mid-spring wrist injury and ready to resume his climb through the Twins’ minor league system.

LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Buxton has been activated from the disabled list at High-A Fort Myers in time for Sunday’s series opener against the Florida State League affiliate of the Pirates. The 20-year-old outfielder will likely be eased into everyday action.

Buxton, the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amatuer Draft out of a Georgia high school, batted .334/.424/.520 with 12 homers, 19 doubles, 18 triples, and 55 stolen bases in 125 games last season between Low-A Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers. He has the goods to be a mega-star.

Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for Red Sox

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No surprise here: Chris Sale will start on Opening Day for the Red Sox, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports. The Red Sox open the season on March 29 in Tampa Bay against the Rays. Sale will oppose Chris Archer.

Sale, 28, is the fifth different Opening Day starter the Red Sox have had in as many years, preceded by Rick Porcello, David Price, Clay Buchholz, and Jon Lester. Sale started on Opening Day for the White Sox in 2013, ’14, and ’16.

Sale finished second in AL Cy Young Award balloting last year and finished ninth for AL MVP. He went 17-8 with a 2.90 ERA and a 308/43 K/BB ratio in 214 1/3 innings. Sale and Clayton Kershaw (2015) are the only pitchers to strike out 300 or more batters in a season dating back to 2003.