Byron Buxton suffers back contusion in Twins' win over Royals

Buxton ran into the wall in the eighth inning.
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Byron Buxton left Tuesday night's game between the Twins and Royals with an injured back after crashing into the center-field wall. 

The play happened in the bottom of the eighth inning when Adalberto Mondesi ripped a ball over Buxton's head and off the wall for an inside-the-park home run. Buxton's attempt to make a leaping catch was unsuccessful, and he slammed his back into the wall. 

“Once I put my mind to it, I wanted to go get it,” Buxton said after the game, via the Star Tribune. “The ball was moving pretty good but I had already dedicated my mind to go get it so I did what I could.”

The Twins say Buxton suffered a back contusion and his status for Wednesday's matinee against the Royals is unknown. The good news is that his injury doesn't sound serious. 

Buxton added 21 pounds of muscle during the offseason, saying during TwinsFest that part of his aim by bulking up was to better absorb contact in collisions like he had Tuesday night. 

“Yeah, I can definitely say it helped,” Buxton said Tuesday night, via the Twins. “The past few years, that definitely hurt a little bit worse, especially running full speed.”

The Twins won the game 5-4 in 10 innings. 

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