Buxton suffers concussion
(TSX) — Outfielder Byron Buxton, considered the No. 1 prospect in baseball, suffered an apparent concussion in a nasty outfield collision with Double-A New Britain teammate Mike Kvasnicka during a game Wednesday night.
Buxton, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2012 draft by the Minnesota Twins, and Kvasnicka were diving for the ball when Buxton’s head and shoulder crashed into Kvasnicka’s knee.
The 20-year-old Buxton was motionless for several minutes on the field before he was carted off on a stretcher to an ambulance and taken to a local hospital. Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Buxton was unconscious for 10 minutes before he awoke in the ambulance. Ryan added that Buxton was alert and a CT scan came back negative.
Kvasnicka was able to walk away but went to the hospital with Buxton before returning to the clubhouse. He said he had a sore hip.
Buxton was playing in his first Double-A game after a promotion from high-Class A Fort Myers. In 203 minor league games, Buxton has a .301 batting average.