Buxton pulled from Class AAA Saints game with sore knee

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - Byron Buxton played center field for the Saints on Wednesday night. Two nights later, he had to come out of their game early.

The Twins star, on a rehab assignment with the Class AAA team at CHS Field, experienced soreness in the patella tendon of his right knee on Friday, and was removed from Saints' game against Columbus after two at-bats as the designated hitter, a Twins spokesman said.

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Buxton struck out both of his at-bats before being removed in a game the Saints lost 8-5 to Columbus in 11 innings.

The team will evaluate and update his condition on Saturday. Buxton, who has been on the injured list for a month because of a right hamstring strain, has not played in the outfield for the Twins all season.