Baseball is not a sport that lends itself to violent collisions, but when they happen they can be scary. One of those potentially awful events happened in the Twins organization last night, but fortunately this one stopped at just very bad. It looked like it could have been a whole lot worse for a time.
Byron Buxton, the center fielder and elite prospect, made his Double A debut last night. In the fifth inning of that game, while diving for a ball in the outfield, he collided with the right fielder. And then he stopped moving. For about ten minutes.
The game delay lasted about thirty minutes as both trainers and then an ambulance tended to Buxton on the outfield grass. Eventually he was taken off the field in the ambulance and driven to the hospital to be checked out.
And that’s where the story turns from terrible to just bad.
Buxton was diagnosed with a concussion, but appears to have no other major injuries. He was actually back from the hospital and in the clubhouse before the game ended.
Concussions are not good things, but they are not automatically career ending either. A collision that leaves a guy unconscious for ten minutes could easily have resulted in damage to the neck or skull that would have put his future in doubt, but that does not appear to be case. It is a concussion, but it is only a concussion. No doubt the Twins will take their time bringing him back from this; I suspect he won’t be seeing much more game action this season.
Scores From Yesterday
Iowa – The Cubs lost this one 6-4.
Tennessee – The Smokies led early and rallied late to come away with the 6-5 win.
Daytona – Daytona had the day off.
Kane County – All the runs came early, but they led to a 6-3 win.
Boise Hawks – In a fantastic pitchers’ duel, Boise lost 1-0 in ten innings.
Arizona – The Cubs were swept in a double header, losing 6-4 in the first game and 4-3 in the second.
Performances of Note
- [Iowa] Mike Olt hit his 6th home run and finished 2 for 3 with a walk and a strikeout.
- [Iowa] Matt Szczur and Josh Vitters each finished with 2 hits.
- [Iowa] Arodys Vizcaino walked one and struck out two in an inning of hitless relief.
- [Tennessee] Albert Almora did not start, but his pinch hit double in the bottom of the ninth was the game winner.
- [Tennessee] Jae-Hoon Ha finished 3 for 5 with a double and a strikeout. Lars Anderson doubled and had two hits and a walk.
- [Tennessee] Corey Black limited Huntsville to a run on 3 hits despite walking 6. He also struck out 6.
- [Kane County] Michael Heesch and Francisco Carrillo combined to strike out 7 in 5 innings of one hit relief.
- [Kane County] Ben Carhart is on his way back to Daytona. In his final game as a Kane County catcher, though, he went 2 for 4 with his 5th home run.
- [Kane County] Daniel Lockhart tripled, walked and scored twice.
- [Boise] David Bote doubled in the ninth inning to break up the no hitter. That was the only Boise hit.
- [Boise] Josh Conway led off the parade of awesome pitching by walking one and striking out 3 over 3 hitless innings. Ryan Williams allowed the game’s first hit in his 4 innings on the mound, but he also struck out 6. James Farris followed with two hitless frames and 4 more strikeouts.
- [Arizona] Eloy Jimenez returned to the lineup, but he went a combined 0 for 6.
- [Arizona] Doubles from Gleyber Torres and Roney Alcala were the only extra base hits for the Cubs yesterday.
- [Arizona] The best pitching performance for Arizona came from Jesus Castillo (3 IP, 2 H, 1 BB, 4 K).
- It’s been a while since I linked to the fine photography of Dylan Heuer in this space. Too long. Fortunately, he was at Iowa’s game yesterday and has a nice array of excellent shots on his website. While there, be sure to check out his selection of Iowa Cubs photos for sale, including this awesome post-homer photo from the Futures Game.
- Would you like to see video of Albert Almora’s game winning double? Of course you would!
- Jake Stinnett appears in the box score of Arizona’s second game, but he faced no batters. I’m not sure what happened there.