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Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (shoulder) is fully healed from surgery to repair his injured shoulder, according to manager Rocco Baldelli. Baldelli also said that Buxton would have been ready for Opening Day, which is good news for fantasy managers pondering about drafting the 26-year-old. Buxton is the ultimate risk-reward pick. He could flirt with 20 home runs and 20 stolen bases, though the injury risk is undeniable, with over 100 games missed in the last two seasons. Injury is the only thing that can stop Buxton from smashing his 172 ADP in 2020.
Minnesota Twins starting pitcher Rich Hill (elbow) is back in his home in Boston and is working with the same physical therapist that he used in the offseason, according to president of baseball operations Derek Falvey. Hill remains on track to pitch for the team in June. The veteran left-hander might actually be ready for when the season starts, assuming there is a season at all in 2020 amid the coronavirus pandemic. The 40-year-old is a big injury risk, especially because of his age, but he's put up useful numbers for owners in mixed leagues when he's been on the mound in recent seasons. Hill had a 2.45 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 72 K's in 58 2/3 innings (13 starts) for the Dodgers in 2019.
Minnesota Twins starter Jose Berrios will toe the rubber on Opening Day for the second consecutive season. Berrios had a great year last year, striking out 195 batters through 200.1 innings pitched, with an ERA of 3.68. The 26-year-old has enjoyed a good spring, with a 2.89 ERA in 9.1 IP. Fantasy owners who select Berrios at his ADP of 79 will be getting a steady, solid starter who should approach 200 innings and strikeouts yet again.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton(shoulder) participated in a live batting practice session and hit a couple of long balls on Wednesday. Buxton said his shoulder was a little sore after the swings, which isn't shocking considering the length of time he's gone without playing. At this point, it's unclear if he'll be ready for the first game of the season. The 26-year-old hasn't played 100 or more games since the 2017 campaign. Buxton could approach 20 home runs and 20 steals, especially if health is finally on his side, but that's the risk you take in drafting the oft-injured power/speed threat.
Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton (shoulder) will take live batting practice on Tuesday. The team will evaluate him on a day-to-day basis as they determine if he'll be ready for Opening Day. Buxton had surgery last September to fix a torn labrum in his non-throwing (left) shoulder. If he can avoid setbacks, he still has a chance to be ready by Opening Day, but don't get your hopes up. The 26-year-old has developed a reputation as a slower healer and is a big injury risk in fantasy, but he could be a bargain at his current 178.6 ADP if he can remain on the field. His mix of power and speed could be a difference-maker for your fantasy squad if he can manage to play something close to a full season. Buxton has only played over 100 games once in his five seasons in the bigs.