Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton's left shoulder injury is likely a season-ending ailment, manager Rocco Baldelli said Tuesday.
"We're bracing for the realization that this could be season ending," Baldelli told MLB Network Radio on SiriusXM. "We know we might not have him going forward this year, and hopefully we have him at full strength and ready to go next year."
Buxton, 25, sustained a shoulder subluxation (partial dislocation) when he crashed into the outfield wall on Aug. 1 at Miami.
He rejoined the team on Sept. 1 and has appeared briefly in five games since as a late-game defensive replacement. Buxton has not had an at-bat since the injury.
Buxton is batting .262 with 44 extra-base hits, 46 RBIs and 14 stolen bases in 87 games this season.
Earlier this season, Buxton missed 14 days after getting hit by a pitch on his wrist and also missed 11 days with concussion symptoms.