MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that the Twins are calling up outfielder Byron Buxton from Double-A Chattanooga. He’ll be available for Sunday afternoon’s game against the Rangers and a corresponding roster move will be announced then. Buxton was rated baseball’s #1 overall prospect by MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus entering each of the last two seasons.
Buxton, 21, was taken by the Twins in the first round — second overall — in the 2012 draft. Carlos Correa, who made his major league debut recently, was taken by the Astros ahead of him.
Buxton was batting .283/.351/.489 with six home runs, 37 RBI, and 20 stolen bases in 268 plate appearances in the minor leagues this season.
The Twins are light on outfielders with Aaron Hicks suffering from a right elbow injury and Torii Hunter serving a two-game suspension.
The Twins announced this afternoon that outfielder Torii Hunter has dropped the appeal of his two-game suspension and will begin serving it tonight.
Hunter was ejected from Wednesday’s game against the Royals after arguing balls and strikes with home plate umpire Mark Ripperger. He then threw an on-field tirade in which he made physical contact with the umpire and took off his jersey and hurled it onto the field. The suspension and undisclosed fine was handed down yesterday, but he appealed and went 1-for-4 with a single in a loss to the Rangers.
Hunter will be eligible to return Monday for the opener of an interleague series against the Cardinals in St. Louis.
Torii Hunter’s post-ejection tantrum Wednesday, which included removing his uniform and throwing it onto the field after making physical contact with an umpire, has earned the Twins outfielder a two-game suspension and undisclosed fine from MLB.
Hunter is appealing the suspension, naturally, so he’ll be able to play in the meantime.
Here’s the video of Hunter’s meltdown, so you can judge for yourself what the proper punishment should be:
Hunter also claimed afterward that the umpire Mark Ripperger was intentionally making bad calls against him as “revenge” for previous complaints.
Twins outfielder Torii Hunter got ejected from Wednesday night’s loss to the Royals for arguing balls and strikes with the home plate umpire, at which point he went berserk and threw a tantrum that included disrobing and tossing his uniform onto the field.
Hunter told reporters afterward that umpire Mark Ripperger was seeking “revenge” for his complaining about the previous pitch as well.