Byron Buxton’s rough start in the majors just got much rougher, as the Twins placed the stud center field prospect on the disabled list with a sprained left thumb suffered during a stolen base attempt Tuesday.
Buxton played through the injury Wednesday, going 0-for-4 with four strikeouts as the Twins’ leadoff man against White Sox ace Chris Sale.
To replace him on the roster the Twins called up Danny Santana, who was recently demoted to Triple-A after hitting .218 with a .525 OPS and 49/2 K/BB ratio to lose the Opening Day shortstop job.
Minnesota just released Opening Day center fielder Jordan Schafer and Aaron Hicks is on the disabled list with an elbow injury for at least a few more days, so the Twins figure to turn to Shane Robinson or shift Santana to center field where he played last season.
Buxton hit .189 with a .501 OPS and 15 strikeouts in 11 games after being called up from Double-A at age 21. Twins manager Paul Molitor told Dana Wessel of 96.3-FM in Minnesota that Buxton will probably miss “at least a month.”