MINNEAPOLIS — Byron Buxton’s season is over. The Twins center fielder was placed on the 60-day injured list Tuesday with a left shoulder subluxation with 19 regular-season games remaining, starting tonight against the Washington Nationals at Target Field.
Buxton, 25, has been limited to pinch-running and late defense since Sept. 1 but hasn’t taken an at-bat since separating his left shoulder while catching a fly ball at the wall in Miami on Aug. 1. He was sent to see California orthopedic specialist Neal ElAtracche on Sunday.
To take his place on the active roster, the Twins have called infielder Ronald Torreyes up from Triple-A Rochester.
The Twins already are missing outfielders Marwin Gonzalez (oblique) and Jake Cave (groin), and on Sunday pulled Max Kepler after one at-bat because of pain in the area of his left scapula.
The team also as activated right-hander Kyle Gibson from the 10-day injured list; he’s been unavailable since Aug. 27 because of ulcerative colitis but is scheduled to start against the Nationals on Thursday.
Buxton was having his best major league season, hitting .262 with 30 doubles, 10 home runs and 46 RBIs in 87 games but has been on the injured list three times this season.
Torreyes, 27, signed by the Twins last offseason, played in 79 games for Rochester this season, hitting .256 with 11 doubles, one triple, 11 home runs, 42 RBI, 48 runs scored and 12 walks. He has played parts of four seasons with the Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Yankees, hitting .281 with 30 doubles, 56 RBIs, 65 runs.
The Twins now have 40 active players on their roster.