KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -Twins rookie infielder Brian Buscher has a rapidly growing infection in his leg and was flown back to Minneapolis on Wednesday where he may be hospitalized.
The infection apparently stems from when Buscher fouled a ball off his right leg ``five or six days ago,'' manager Ron Gardenhire said. He said Buscher would be placed on the disabled list and the contract of infielder Tommy Watkins would be purchased from Triple-A Rochester.
``It's worse. It's really not looking very good at all,'' Gardenhire said. ``They're talking about putting him in the hospital and putting him on IVs and antibodies. So it's definitely an infection - a bad one. You don't want to leave a guy in the hospital here by himself like that so we sent him home. He's getting an MRI tonight.''
Buscher had made seven starts at third base since coming up from Rochester and making his major league debut on July 27 at Cleveland.
He was hitting .227 with one RBI in 22 at-bats.
``It's a tough break. This would be a good time for him to be getting some at-bats and getting some experience,'' Gardenhire said.
Watkins was batting .272 with 49 RBIs and eight home runs for Rochester. He was expected to join the Twins in time for Thursday's game.
``We're going to bring him up here and let him go at it,'' Gardenhire said. ``He played well in the spring. I've always enjoyed him. He can play anywhere you put him - short, second, first, left field, right field.''
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