Twins prospect Byron Buxton suffered a concussion in an outfield collision during his first game with Double-A New Britain last week and general manager Terry Ryan told Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com this evening that he’s not expected to play again this season.
The minor league season ends in two weeks, so this isn’t necessarily a surprising development. Buxton is still experiencing headaches and neck stiffness from the collision, but the good news is that he hasn’t had any sensitivity to light or sound. The Twins are hopeful that he could be ready to play in the Arizona Fall League.
This will go down as a lost season for Buxton, who is considered the game’s top prospect. The 20-year-old missed two months after suffering a wrist injury during spring training, so he only ended up appearing in 31 games. He figures to head back to Double-A to begin 2015.
The Marlins designated utilityman Derek Dietrich for assignment, Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports. This comes amid a flurry of moves on Tuesday night as teams prepare their rosters ahead of the Rule 5 draft next month.
Dietrich, 29, is coming off another strong season in which he hit .265/.330/.421 with 16 home runs, 45 RBI, and 72 runs scored in 551 plate appearances. He played all over the diamond, spending most of his time in left field and at first base. Dietrich also played some second base, third base, and right field.
Dietrich is entering his third of four years of arbitration eligibility. He earned $2.9 million this past season and MLB Trade Rumors projects him to earn $4.8 million in 2019. Cutting Dietrich represents a bit more than 4 million in savings for the rebuilding and perennially small-market Marlins. Dietrich should draw some interest, so the Marlins could end up trading him rather soon.
Wonder how J.T. Realmuto, now the longest-tenured Marlin, is feeling right about now.