Byron Buxton to begin rehab assignment as he aims to return to Twins’ lineup

MINNEAPOLIS — Byron Buxton is nearing a returning a return from the injured list — but it won’t be with the Twins. At least not initially.

Buxton is headed to low-A Cedar Rapids to begin his rehab assignment, the Twins said Saturday. Manager Rocco Baldelli said that he has a timeline in mind for Buxton’s return, but opted not to disclose the current plan.

The centerfield has been out since suffering a shoulder injury on Aug. 1 when he crashed into the wall in Miami. He was diagnosed with a subluxated shoulder on his non-throwing (left) arm. He was scheduled to take batting practice on the Twins’ off day on Thursday and then took early hitting and went through other baseball activities on Friday.

Buxton, one of the best center fielders in the game when it comes to his glove work, has been on the injured list three times since mid-June forcing right fielder Max Kepler to move to center.

Buxton is slashing .262/.314/.513 with 10 home runs, 46 RBIs and 14 stolen bases this season in 82 games. The best case scenario for the Twins is that Buxton returns on the team’s upcoming road trip to Chicago, Detroit and Boston. The Twins will be off Monday before opening the trip on Tuesday against the White Sox.

The Twins did get some encouraging news as left fielder Eddie Rosario, who departed early from Wednesday’s loss to the White Sox because of a sore right hamstring, had an MRI that came back clean. Rosario did not play Friday in the Twins’ 9-6 loss to the Detroit Tigers but is available to play.

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