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Migraines send Byron Buxton to disabled list

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The Twins will place outfielder Byron Buxton on the 10-day disabled list due to migraine headaches, MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger reports. The Twins recalled outfielder Ryan LaMarre from Triple-A Rochester to take his roster spot.

Buxton was a scratch from Tuesday’s game against the Indians in Puerto Rico due to the migraine. The 24-year-old got off to a slow start to the season, batting .195/.233/.244 in 43 plate appearances.

Buxton is eligible to come off the disabled list on April 25 as his DL stint is retroactive to April 15.

Japanese Baseball to begin June 19

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Japanese League commissioner Atsushi Saito announced that Japan’s professional baseball season will open on June 19. Teams can being practice games on June 2. There will be no fans. Indeed, the league has not yet even begun to seriously discuss a plan for fans to begin attending games, though that may happen eventually.

The season will begin three months after its originally scheduled opening day of March 20. It will be 120 games long. Teams in each six-team league — the Central League and Pacific League — will play 24 games against each league opponent. There will be no interleague play and no all-star game.

The announcement came in the wake of a national state of emergency being lifted for both Tokyo and the island of Hokkaido. The rest of the country emerged from the state of emergency earlier this month. This will allow the Japanese leagues to follow leagues in South Korea and Taiwan which have been playing for several weeks.

In the United States, Major League Baseball is hoping to resume spring training in mid June before launching a shortened regular season in early July. That plan is contingent on the league and the players’ union coming to an agreement on both financial arrangements and safety protocols for a 2020 season. Negotiations on both are ongoing. Major League Baseball will, reportedly, make a formal proposal about player compensation tomorrow.