Byron Buxton underwent surgery to repair dislocated finger

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MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports that Twins prospect Byron Buxton had surgery on Thursday to repair a dislocated left middle finger suffered on Tuesday in the Arizona Fall League. He is expected to be ready when players report to spring training in February.

The 20-year-old outfielder was a consensus #1 prospect across baseball entering the season, but he has played in only 40 competitive games this year due to a litany of injuries including a wrist injury in spring training, a concussion suffered at Double-A New Britain, and the dislocated finger.

Buxton split his 2013 season between Single-A Cedar Rapids and Fort Myers, batting an aggregate .334/.424/.520 with 12 home runs, 77 RBI, and 55 stolen bases. Buxton should remain one of the game’s best prospects when rankings are compiled next, but the Twins are still anxious to see if he will be fully recovered from the trio of injuries when he returns to competitive baseball.

Houston’s Yordan Alvarez leaves game with ankle discomfort

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HOUSTON — Houston slugger Yordan Alvarez left the Astros’ game against the Arizona Diamondbacks in the fifth inning with left ankle discomfort.

Alvarez, who is tied for second in the American League with 37 home runs, rolled his ankle running out of the box on a single in the first inning.

He looked to be in some pain as he jogged to first base and was checked on briefly by manager Dusty Baker and a trainer before remaining in the game. Serving as the designated hitter, he struck out in the third inning before being replaced by pinch-hitter David Hensley for his at-bat in the fifth.