Twins' Byron Buxton has 'an edge' after not being recalled in September

Minnesota Twins outfielder Byron Buxton said Tuesday that he was upset with the club for not calling him up in September when rosters expanded.

"Yes. I ain't sugarcoating nothing," Buxton told reporters while in the Twin Cities visiting a children's hospital. "It kind of didn't go over well."

He added: "I wouldn't say we're on the same page, but I ain't going to cause [trouble] between us. I want to be here. This is where I started my career, [and] this is where I want to finish my career, for my teammates, my brothers."

Buxton went on the disabled list in May with a fractured big left toe. The Twins sent him to Triple-A Rochester on a rehab assignment in June and kept him there for the rest of the season after exercising a minor league option on him in July.

Buxton, who won Platinum and Gold Glove awards in 2017, finished the season with a .156 average in only 28 games with the Twins.

One reason the Twins cited for leaving Buxton in the minors was a left wrist injury he developed. They also cited lack of available playing time for him in the majors and on-field performance.

But Buxton hit .365 in 52 at-bats for Rochester in August. He said he's using the snub as motivation entering the season.

"I'm pretty pumped, ready to get the season going," Buxton said. "I guess because I didn't come back, I've got an edge. I don't think it's going away. So for me to be happy, I've got to get back to playing ball."