Minnesota Twins activate Byron Buxton after lengthy absence for hip strain

ARLINGTON, Texas -- Minnesota Twins center fielder Byron Buxton was activated from the 10-day injured list for Saturday's game at the Texas Rangers after being sidelined since May 6 with a right hip strain.

Buxton played in three games on a rehab assignment with Triple-A St. Paul, going 5 of 9 with a double, triple, two home runs and seven RBIs. He went 1 of 4 in the Twins' 3-2 victory over Texas on Saturday.

Buxton hadn't played since the finale of a four-game series against the Rangers. He was hitting .370, second in the major leagues, at the time of the injury and was leading MLB with a .772 slugging percentage.

The Twins optioned utility man Willians Astudillo to St. Paul. He hit .254 with four homers and 12 RBIs in 41 games.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.