Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Buxton Hits the Wall
Fantasy Baseball Injury Report: Buxton Hits the Wall

This article is part of our Fantasy Baseball Injury Report series.

Byron Buxton

The Twins outfielder is now on the injured list for the third time in the past two months following another collision with the outfield wall. Buxton first mishap in the outfield resulted in a concussion, and he's now slated to miss at least the next two weeks after injuring his left shoulder. The injury was described as a shoulder subluxation, a surprisingly helpful description. 

The terms "subluxation" or "dislocation" are utilized when the injury involves to the ball-and-socket joint, medically known as the glenohumeral joint. A subluxation occurs when a force causes the joint to become partially displaced. Subluxations often realign naturally by the surrounding supportive structures of the joint like muscles and ligaments. These types of injuries are often referred to as partial dislocations. A true dislocation occurs when the displacement of the joint is complete. The injury often requires outside help to return it to its original positioning and is considered a more serious injury.

While Buxton's injury isn't a complete dislocation, the impact that jarred his shoulder had to have disrupted soft tissue in the area to force the joint out of alignment. As a result, Buxton will require time off to let the resulting injuries appropriately heal. A late August or early September return seems like a best-case scenario.

David Dahl

Like Buxton, Dahl is an outfielder who has shown a propensity for injury. Dahl's latest injury is a right high ankle sprain that occurred while he attempted to snag a fly ball. High

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Jeff Stotts
Jeff Stotts works as a Certified Athletic Trainer (MAT, ATC, PES, CES). He won the 2011 Best Fantasy Football Article in Print from the Fantasy Sports Trade Association.
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