Byron Buxton’s injury wrecked year keeps getting worse.
Buxton came into this season as the consensus No. 1 prospect in baseball, but a spring training wrist injury cost him three months and after finally returning he suffered a concussion in his first game at Double-A.
That ended his season in August, but Buxton was cleared to participate in the Arizona Fall League in the hopes of recouping some of the lost playing time. And now he’s suffered another injury, this time dislocating the middle finger on his left hand while diving for a ball in the outfield yesterday.
Luckily a dislocated finger is not a particularly serious injury, but the 20-year-old Buxton still needs to show that he’s fully recovered from the wrist and brain injuries. And if his AFL season is over he’ll have played a grand total of just 40 competitive games this year.