SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico - Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was placed on the 10-day disabled list Wednesday, April 18, after being unavailable for a second straight game because of recurring migraine headaches.
After being sent home from Hiram Bithorn Stadium without taking batting practice on Tuesday, Buxton stayed at the team hotel for the second and final game of the Puerto Rico Series.
"It's improved some but not enough to where we feel like over the next couple of days he's going to be available to us," Twins chief baseball officer Derek Falvey said. "He's obviously not feeling very well."
The placement was retroactive to Sunday, meaning Buxton won't be eligible to come off the DL until April 25 at Yankee Stadium. Outfielder Ryan LaMarre was recalled from 26th-man status to take Buxton's place on the active roster.
"I'm concerned, obviously, because there's history there," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I called him earlier (Wednesday), and he was obviously very disappointed, but he's got to take care of himself, first and foremost."
There were no plans to put Buxton, who will travel with the team to Tampa Bay on Thursday, through additional tests beyond what head athletic trainer Tony Leo and team physician Dr. Thomas Jetzer have already been able to evaluate on site.
The Platinum Glove Award winner as the top overall defender in the American League last season, Buxton was hitting .195 through 41 at-bats while playing every inning of the Twins' first 11 games. He said this spring he gets migraines about once a month, but stronger medication prescribed late last July helps him control their severity.
Twins catcher Jason Castro was scratched a couple of times this spring due to migraines related to allergies.
"I have them very, very infrequently, but I can definitely sympathize with what he's going through," Castro said. "The tough thing is there's nothing you can really do for it. You just kind of have to isolate yourself and just hope that it goes away."
Despite a general power outage that hit the hurricane-ravaged island of Puerto Rico on Wednesday morning, the second game of the Puerto Rico Series between the Twins and Cleveland Indians remained scheduled as planned.
"All emergency systems at Hiram Bithorn Stadium have been tested just now and are fully functional," San Juan mayor Carmen Yulin Cruz posted on her Twitter account late Wednesday morning. "The game will GO ON. Nothing will stop us."
According to a spokesman from Major League Baseball, there is a "backup power source at the ballpark" and MLB remains "confident tonight's game will be played without issue."
How the power outage might impact the ability of a sellout crowd to reach the stadium in time for the 6:10 p.m. start is unclear. Paid attendance for the Indians' 6-1 victory over the Twins on Tuesday was 19,516, and a similar crowd is expected for Wednesday's finale of the two-game visit, the first regular-season major league games here since 2010.
Twins leaders took no apparent umbrage at the emotion-charged home run trot by Indians shortstop Francisco Lindor, who apologized preemptively after Tuesday's game in case anyone was offended by his antics.
"Coming in we knew it was a big deal for all the Puerto Rican players," Twins second baseman Brian Dozier said. "I thought it was really cool (Tuesday) night, the atmosphere after Lindor hit the homer. The emotion and everything, that's really good. I mean, that's awesome."
Neither Dozier nor Molitor had any idea Lindor had apologized. Nor did they believe an apology was necessary.
"I love it," Dozier said. "People showing emotion, getting excited, that's baseball for you. Our teammates, their guys, the more emotion we show and putting heart and soul and everything into it, I love it. I just wish we didn't give up the homer. I wish we had hit the homer.""
Molitor, who broke into pro ball more than four decades ago, said it's important to consider the context.
"I would think that boundaries or the limits around any type of display would be kind of wiped clean," he said. "I would think anything goes, especially for the guys that are native here. To have a special moment like that for (Lindor), I didn't think twice about how he handled it. I would have been excited too."
Asked by a Spanish-language reporter if he understood the differences in the way Puerto Rican players might celebrate on this homecoming visit, Molitor smiled.
"Absolutely," he said. "I think as a whole our game has kind of changed in what we might want to call 'acceptable show-ism.' I think it's good for the game. I think fans respond to it."
He did note the "special cases" that might have to do with game location and the like.
"There might be a point where in our game sometimes it gets close to being disrespectful to your opponent," he said. "But I think to show emotion, and particularly in these special cases like Lindor last night and hopefully my guy tonight - I hope he has a lot of reason to show emotion tonight. That would be good for us."
Ervin Santana (finger) has progressed out to 90 feet in his throwing program and is eager to do more, but the Twins continue to err on the side of caution with his plan.
Phil Hughes (oblique) is slated to throw another bullpen and appears to be a candidate to start for the Twins as early as Sunday at Tampa Bay. Hughes has made a pair of rehab starts for Class A Fort Myers, working to a 2.70 earned run average with nine strikeouts and one walk in 10 innings.