Per MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand, the Twins have placed outfielder Byron Buxton on the 60-day injured list with a left shoulder subluxation, effectively ending his season. He is undergoing labrum surgery, per The Athletic’s Zack Pierce, who adds that the rehab timetable is five to six months.
Buxton, 25, returned after a month on the injured list on September 1, but was only used as a defensive replacement. He did not log any plate appearances. Manager Rocco Baldelli said on MLB Network Radio on Tuesday, “Hopefully we have him full strength and ready to go next year.”
Buxton ends his season batting .262/.314/.513 with 10 home runs, 46 RBI, 48 runs scored, and 14 stolen bases in 271 trips to the plate. It was his most productive offensive season and would have ranked as his best all-around season if he had played a full season’s worth of games rather than 87. Through five years in the majors, Buxton has managed to appear in 100-plus games just once.
Last night it was reported that the Players Union had made an offer to Major League Baseball and the owners regarding plans for a 2020 season. The offer, which was in part counteroffer to the owners’ previous offer, part new proposals of its own, involved a 114-game season with an end date on October 31, a playoff expansion for two years, the right for players to opt out of the season over health concerns, and a potential deferral of 2020 salaries if the postseason were to be canceled.
How’s that sitting with the owners? Not great, folks.
Evan Drellich of The Athletic reported this morning that the owners want a shorter schedule than the 114 games the players proposed, likely because they want to increase the odds that they can get to a postseason before a potential second wave COVID-19 outbreak occurs, as many experts expect it will. The owners also, not surprisingly, still want salary reductions, which the players have not addressed due to their contention that the matter was settled. Drellich says that the players’ offer “hasn’t been rejected yet but that’s inevitable.”
Bob Klapisch of the Newark Star-Ledger is more blunt:
The sides are, as Drellich notes, still talking. It would appear, however, that the owners tack of negotiating through the media is continuing on as well.