Video: Twins' top prospect Buxton leaves game in ambulance


The Minnesota Twins' top minor league prospect, Byron Buxton, left his first game with the New Britain Rock Cats in an ambulance Wednesday night.

Buxton, who is considered one the top prospects in all of baseball, was playing center field for New Britain when he collided with right fielder Mike Kvasnicka as the two were diving for a ball in the outfield.

According to the Star Tribune, Twins general manager Terry Ryan says Buxton is ok, but has a concussion.

Buxton was released from the hospital, he did not suffer any broken bones in the collision.

Hartford Courant sports writer Dom Amore said Buxton was parallel to the ground when his neck or left shoulder appeared to violently collide with Kvasnicka's knee.

Buxton was just promoted from Class A Ft. Myers to Class AA New Britain on Tuesday. He had been dealing with a wrist injury for most of the season.

According to 1500 ESPN, the game was halted for more than 30 minutes. Players gathered with New Britain manager Jeff Smith in front of dugouts for a prayer.

The Pioneer Press reports Kvasnicka, a Lakeville and University of Minnesota product, was also injured. He was able to get up, but was taken to the hospital with Buxton. They were accompanied by Rock Cats athletic trainer Chris Johnson.

Buxton led off for the Rock Cats and started in center field. He was 0-for-3, with three strikeouts prior to the collision.

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