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Twins place CF Buxton on DL with thumb sprain

The Minnesota Twins placed rookie center fielder Byron Buxton on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a left thumb sprain, which he suffered while attempting to steal second base.

The Minnesota Twins placed rookie center fielder Byron Buxton on the 15-day disabled list Friday with a left thumb sprain, which he suffered while attempting to steal second base.

Buxton, 21, was injured against the Chicago White Sox on Tuesday. He played in Wednesday's series finale against the White Sox, but struck out in each of his four at-bats. The move is retroactive to June 25.

Buxton, the second overall pick in the 2012 draft, is batting .189 through his first 11 games in the major leagues. He was called up on June 14 after batting .283 with six home runs, 37 RBIs and 20 stolen bases for Double-A Chattanooga this season.

Twins manager Paul Molitor said Buxton likely will be out longer than the minimum 15 days on the disabled list.

"(Buxton) is going to have to back off a while, probably at least a month," Molitor told Go 96.3 FM.

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To replace Buxton on the 25-man roster, the Twins recalled infielder Danny Santana from Triple-A Rochester.

Santana, who made the Twins' Opening Day roster, has hit .308 with six doubles, three triples and five RBIs in 15 games for the Red Wings since being optioned by the Twins on June 7.

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