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Continued: Building a baseball star: A lull in the action for Twins' Buxton

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: June 30, 2014 - 5:25 PM

He’s sitting on a deserted practice field. When asked to do an interview on camera, he insists on running to his locker so he could wear his Twins cap. A photojournalist asks him to say a few words, to test his microphone.

“Happy to play baseball,” he says.

Mientkiewicz thinks their injuries may have set each back one year. Sano and Buxton, not surprisingly, hope they can fast-forward through their rehabs and cut that prediction in half.

“I want to play winter ball in the Dominican, and be ready to play on Opening Day for the Twins next year,” Sano said. “I want to be an impact player. I want to be the guy who drives in the runs.”

“At this point, I just want to get out there and play, and help my team win games,” Buxton said.

During the longest summer of their young lives, Buxton and Sano have buoyed one another and bonded.

“If you are positive, anything is possible,” Sano said. “If you are negative, nothing is possible. We have to stay positive.”

“It’s been hard,” Buxton said. “I just have to stick to the program. I miss being out there.”

For now they’ll keep working out and hanging out together, anticipating the day they’ll jog onto a diamond needing more than one glove.













 

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