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September 11, 2019, 3:01 am

Buxton (left shoulder surgery) out for season

Byron Buxton's time period is over. The Twins located Buxton on the 60-day injured list with his left body part luxation on Tuesday, with the 25-year-old halfway ballplayer scheduled to experience time period-ending labrum medical science in the day to fix him for a tax return to the tract next time period. The first

Buxton (left shoulder surgery) out for season
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton's time period is over. The Twins located Buxton on the 60-day injured list with his left body part luxation on Tuesday, with the 25-year-old halfway ballplayer scheduled to experience time period-ending labrum medical science in the day to fix him for a tax return to the tract next time period. The first

MINNEAPOLIS -- Byron Buxton's time period is over.

The Twins located Buxton on the 60-day injured list with his left body part luxation on Tuesday, with the 25-year-old halfway ballplayer scheduled to experience time period-ending labrum medical science in the day to fix him for a tax return to the tract next time period. The first improvement time is estimated at about 5-6 months, though the Twins will have a amended idea of the details once the medical science is complete.

"It is a world that we knew was very possible, and maybe, even, at antithetic times, probable," director Rocco Baldelli said. "It's inactive disappointing, obviously, to lose Buck -- the player and the guy -- for the rest of the year. But we're going to do whatever we can to support Buck. We need to make sure that he gets right physically."

The Twins had first ly felt that it was possible that Buxton could tax return to hitting before the end of the time period when they activated him off the 10-day IL on Sept. 1 to play in a limited capacity as a defensive replacement and as a pinch-runner. Buxton had appeared in five games since then without recording a plate appearance.

According to Baldelli, the discomfort in Buxton's body part persisted through the outballplayer's playing stint, and when Buxton again tried swinging a bat about the time the team was at Fenway Park last week, the Twins felt that the healing process wasn't going to progress to where it needed to be by the end of the time period.

Buxton went to see Dr. Neal ElAttrache in California before the Twins' off-day on Monday, and because the injury wasn't going to completely heal without medical science , the Twins shut their halfway ballplayer down for the time period and started looking toward next time period.

"We didn't want to be out there masking his pain and his injury," Baldelli said. "We wanted to give him the opportunity to actually get healthy. And he wasn't getting healthy. He was making small improvements. To be completely fair to him, we have to give him the opportunity to get right."

Buxton finishes his 2019 time period with career highs in batting average (.262), slugging (.513), OPS (.827) and doubles (30). Various injuries have limited him to just 115 games since the start of the 2018 time period. Baldelli has spoken several times about Buxton's value as a baserunner and a ballplayer, but the Twins decided not to keep him on the roster in a limited capacity through the end of the time period and in the playoffs.

Baldelli anticipated that Buxton will tax return to Minneapolis to rejoin the team following his medical science .

"Anything that he was going to do and help us with this year was probably going to end up being on a limited, part-time basis, and that's not right," Baldelli said. "We've got to make sure that we get him set up and get him on a timeline where he's ready for next Spring Training. That's why we made the decision, and he made the decision, to get the medical science ."

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The Twins selected the contract of utility man Ronald Torreyes to take Buxton's place on the 40-man roster. They also activated Kyle Gibson from the 10-day IL ahead of the right-hander's scheduled start in Thursday's series finale against the Nationals.

Max Kepler will likely serve as the club's everyday halfway ballplayer in Buxton's absence, but Kepler, too, is currently out due to upper chest discomfort and a left body part injury, and the Twins will need to piece together their outtract picture in the immediate future until Kepler, Jake Cave (pulled left groin) and Marwin Gonzalez (right abdominal/oblique strain) heal.

Once everybody is healthy, the Twins will likely rely heavily on Cave through the end of the regular time period and into the playoffs to fill the Twins' need in right tract alongside Gonzalez, though Baldelli said on Tuesday that he would likely not have a meaningful update on either player's progress for another several days.

For now, that means LaMonte Wade Jr. and Willians Astudillo should see heavy playing time until everyone is healthy, with a spot for Astudillo appearing more likely on a possible playoff roster with Gonzalez looking to be forced into more regular action in the outtract.

Do-Hyoung Park covers the Twins for MLB.com. Follow him on Twitter at @dohyoungpark and on Instagram at dohyoung.park.

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