Twins outfielder Byron Buxton was in the starting lineup Tuesday vs. the Astros, one day after suffering a lacerated right finger while diving for a ball.
Manager Paul Molitor thought Buxton would be too sore to grip a baseball or swing a bat, but Buxton was examined by trainers and given the go-ahead to play.
“It kind of caught me off guard,” Molitor said.
Buxton reached base three times in the 7-2 loss, with two singles and a walk, before flying out to deep right center in the ninth.
Buxton cut the finger when his hand was spiked by left fielder Eddie Rosario, who caught the fly ball they were chasing while sliding.
Righthander Phil Hughes has had some of the symptoms of thoracic outlet syndrome return because of scar tissue buildup that had caused tightness in his neck and shoulder. Hughes’ 2016 season ended because of surgery to treat the syndrome.
Rehabilitation has been recommended, and Hughes will try soft tissue and mobility therapy. The decision was made after Hughes flew to Dallas to be examined by Dr. Gregory Pearl on Monday.
The Twins did not announce a timetable for Hughes to attempt to throw in the bullpen.
• Joe Musgrove was scheduled to start for the Astros on Wednesday but was placed on the 10-day disabled list because of a sore shoulder. Righthander David Paulino will take his place on the roster. Houston played with 24 players on Tuesday but planned to call up a reliever for Wednesday’s game.