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Buxton heads to Fort Myers on rehab assignment

The Twins, satisfied with how Byron Buxton is recovering from his migraine, decided this morning to send him out on a minor league rehabilitation assignment. 

Remember when I wrote here yesterday about running into Buxton yesterday and he looked like he was still in rough shape? I found out today that the new medication he received on Friday causes drowsiness, which is why he looked out of it. Once he got to the park, started baseball activities and had the medication wear off, he was more like his normal self.

He took batting practice on Saturday and came through it well. So he drove to Bradenton to meet Class A Fort Myers today and be the designated hitter.

"Full steam ahead," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "With the plan to play centerfield Monday and Tuesday."

The Twins are hopeful that he can come off the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, the first day he's eligible.

"We don't have to commit to that," Molitor said, "but we all are hopeful of that, if things go well and he doesn't have any setbacks."

Buxton was placed on the disabled list on Wednesday because of a migraine. But the move was backdated to April 15, making a Wednesday routine possible.

 

Twins send Moya to Rochester; Bard coming back?


With Phil Hughes coming off of the disabled list Sunday, the Twins had to make room on the 25-man roster for him. And they did so by sending lefthander Gabriel Moya to Class AAA Rochester.

Moya entered the game on Saturday in the seventh inning but gave up a two-run single to Denard Span and a two-run homer to C.J. Cron. Moya has given up six runs over five innings, including three home runs. 

Twins manager Paul Molitor likes Moya's moxie and confidence on the mound. But he has to tighten up his pitches. He's also a reverse split guy, meaning that he's more effective against righthanded hitters when he should be dominating lefties. Moya gave up hits to Mallex Smith and Span - both lefty hitters - on Saturday, and he must improve in that area.

"We all know about his ability to get lefthanded hitters out," Molitor said. "It will improve with that breaking ball a little more effective. He got ahead of Smith and Span, the two examples tonight, and just couldn't put them away with two strikes.

"Those are little things, but he is young in the game. This was a good opportunity. I think he's a guy who can help us."

Keep in mind, Moya made a jump last year from Class AA to the majors. Now he sees what he has to do to be effective. It's up to him to make the adjustments.

BARD WATCH

The Angels have designated Luke Bard for assignment. They have ten days to trade him or put him on waivers. If he clears waivers, they have to offer him back to the Twins. If someone trades or claims him off waivers, his Rule 5 restrictions go with him.

Bard has pitched 11 innings, posting a 5.40 ERA. The Angels like his arm, but need fresh ones.

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