The Twins announced on Thursday that outfielder Byron Buxton has been activated from the 10-day disabled list. Outfielder Ryan LaMarre was optioned to Triple-A Rochester.
Buxton, 24, went on the disabled list in mid-April due to migraines. During a rehab assignment, he fouled a ball off his foot and suffered a hairline fracture on one of his left toes. Prior to the injuries, Buxton hit a disappointing .195/.233/.244 in 43 plate appearances.
Max Kepler moved over to center field while Buxton was absent while Robbie Grossman handled right field. Grossman will head to the bench and Kepler will move back to right field with Buxton back in the mix.
Yankees GM Brian Cashman said on Tuesday that reliever Dellin Betances will begin the regular season on the injured list due to inflammation and impingement in his right shoulder, the YES Network’s Jack Curry reports. Curry adds that Betances will try throwing again in three to five days.
Betances, who turns 31 years old later this month, has allowed two runs on two hits and two walks with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings this spring. He has experienced diminished fastball velocity, which is now explained by his injury. The right-hander is coming off of another excellent season in which he posted a 2.70 ERA with 115 strikeouts and 26 walks across 66 2/3 innings.
Fortunately, the Yankees have more than enough depth in the bullpen to withstand Betances’ absence. Aroldis Chapman, Adam Ottavino, and Zach Britton will handle the late innings and Betances will slot back in whenever he is healthy.