LOS ANGELES — Byron Buxton took batting practice on Wednesday, and that was progress. Miguel Sano took batting practice on Wednesday, too, and that was a setback.
Neither player is in the Twins’ lineup tonight, and they’re just hoping their absence is a short one.
Buxton said he feels much better after two pretty miserable days of battling migraine headaches, which cause his vision to blur and sometimes makes him see double — not ideal for a ballplayer. The migraine isn’t completely gone, so the Twins aren’t ready to activate him from the 10-day disabled list, but he is hopeful that an offf day tomorrow will have him ready to play again on Friday.
It’s the the point now, manager Paul Molitor said, where the Twins have to consider a few games of rehab in order to make sure he’s ready to play. But the Twins haven’t made that determination yet.
Meanwhile, Molitor was in the batting cage this afternoon when Sano stepped in and started swinging at pitches.’You could tell it wasn’t comfortable for him yet,” Molitor said of his third baseman, who was hit on the hand by a Josh Fields pitch on Monday. “We feel it’s more of some type of bone bruise than ligament or bone damage. But the vibration of the swing is making it tough for him right now.”
Sano, too, believes a day off Thursday will be enough time for him to heal, and so far, no disabled list stint is contemplated.
With those two out, the Twins will try to snap their three-game losing streak and salvage the final game of this series against the Dodgers. It helps that Ervin Santana is on the mound, since he has a 5-4 record and 3.24 ERA in nine career starts against Los Angeles.
Here are the lineups for Clayton Kershaw Bobblehead Night at Dodger Stadium: