Outfielder Byron Buxton has not fully recovered from his migraine yet, but he's made enough progress that he's going to attempt some baseball-related activities.
Buxton spoke with reporters for a few minutes on Saturday. And you could tell he's not 100 percent. He said the blurred vision and dizziness he was dealing with has subsided but the pounding of stadium music still bothers him. He got a new prescription on Friday and figures it's time to start working his way back to the field.
"Some things you just have to go through," Buxton said. "It's at the point now where I can go out and take batting practice."
Buxton said he might of slept 40 hours over the last few days. I believe him (I saw him earlier today and he was take his rapidly-growing son, Brixton to hang out with his mother so he could go back to sleep). He also said the flight from San Juan on Thursday was rough on him.
But he hopes to get through batting practice start building up to starting a minor league rehabilitation assignment. Buxton was placed on the disabled list Wednesday, retroactive to Sunday.
Twins manager Paul Molitor wrote his latest lineup against a lefty, leaving Logan Morrison out and starting Ryan LaMarre in center, Ehire Adrianza at short, Mitch Garver behind the plate and Robbie Grossman as the designated hitter. Eddie Rosario and Max Kepler bashed their way in the lineup with big home runs yesterday. Kepler's came against lefty, at that.
"The few games we have had against lefthanded starting pitching we have given some of our lefties opportunities and mix it up the best we can," Molitor said. "It's tough to sit a guy after hitting a grand slam. Kep hit the home run and I feel pretty good about him and put him back in there."
Hope the Twins don't have an outfielder go down, or Molitor will have to do some creative substituting.
Righthander Michael Pineda, on the rehab trail following Tommy John surgery, will visit the Twin Cities next week for a checkup.
Zack Granite has been placed on the disabled list at Class AAA Rochester with a right shoulder contusion, which is the same problem he had last in spring training.
Brian Dozier, 2B
Joe Mauer, 1B
Miguel Sano, 3B
Robbie Grossman, DH
Eddie Rosario, LF
Mitch Garver, C
Ehire Adrianza, SS
Max Kepler, RF
Ryan LaMarre, CF
Kyle Gibson, RHP
Denard Span, LF
C.J. Cron, DH
Carlos Gomez, RF
Brad Miller, 1B
Daniel Robertson, 3B
Joey Wendle, 2B
Wilson Ramos, C
Mallex Smith, CF
Blake Snell, LHP