Byron Buxton, the top prospect in baseball, taken off on a stretcher in first Double-A game

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Twins outfield prospect Byron Buxton, rated by most outlets as the most promising young talent in baseball, was promoted this week from High-A Fort Myers to Double-A New Britain. But he apparently suffered a major injury in his first game Wednesday evening with the New Britain Rock Cats …

There’s been no status update yet from the Rock Cats. Buxton was the second overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft out of a Georgia high school and has hit .301/.390/.487 in 203 career minor league games.

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UPDATE, 10:21 p.m. ET: Via Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press

Twins vice president of player personnel Mike Radcliff told the Pioneer Press he’d been told Buxton “was responsive after the collision.” That knowledge was second-hand, Radcliff stressed, saying that it had come from one of Buxton’s agents.

UPDATE, 10:33 p.m. ET: New information here from Yahoo’s Jeff Passan

Rangers will not exercise Mike Napoli’s 2018 option

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The Rangers have informed 1B/DH Mike Napoli the club will not exercise his 2018 option, worth $11 million, Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News reports. Instead, the Rangers will pay Napoli $2.5 million to buy him out of his contract, making him a free agent.

Napoli, 35, hit a disappointing .193/.285/.428 with 29 home runs and 66 RBI in 485 plate appearances this past season. Given his age and declining production, it’s not shocking that the Rangers want to look elsewhere.

Napoli turns 36 at the end of the month. Given his age and worsening peripheral stats, he will likely have to settle for a one-year deal this offseason.