Buxton, 21, made his major-league debut in June and played 11 games before sustaining a wrist injury. He was placed on the disabled list and sent to Triple A when he was activated. He played 13 games in the minors and strung together a 13-game hitting streak, batting .400 with eight RBIs and 11 runs.
Hicks strained his hamstring during Wednesday afternoon’s game against the New York Yankees. Buxton figures to replace him as the Twins’ starting centerfielder.
Buxton, the No. 1 prospect in baseball by MLB.com and Baseball Prospectus, had seven hits in 37 MLB at-bats before he was injured. He scored five runs and struck out 15 times.
The Twins have lost 11 of their last 16 games and sit 3 1/2 games behind the Los Angeles Angels for the second AL Wild Card spot.
- Dan Gartland