Kepler went 3-for-5 with a home run and an additional RBI in Tuesday's win over the Tigers. Kepler was one of two Minnesota hitters to record two or more knocks, and he was the reason the game was decided on extra-innings -- he launched his ninth homer of the season in the bottom of the eighth when the Twins were down 3-2. Kepler has now hit safely in three straight games.
Kepler went 3-for-5 with a homer, three RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 4-0 win over the Cubs. Kepler opened the game with a single and scored on an Eddie Rosario single in the first inning. That would be all the Twins needed, but Kepler added an RBI groundout in the second a two-run homer in the seventh for good measure. The right fielder has eight homers, 21 RBI, 21 runs scored and three stolen bases in 43 games this year.
Kepler is not in the lineup Friday against the Cubs, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Kepler hits the bench even with a righty (Kyle Hendricks) starting for the Cubs. He's gone hitless in his last three games and in seven of his last 10, hitting .108/.154/.108 over that stretch. Jake Cave will be the right fielder Friday.
Kepler (groin) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list prior to Sunday's game against Cleveland. He ends up spending the minimum 10 days on the injured list with the minor groin injury. Look for Kepler to assume his everyday role in right field down the stretch.
Kepler (groin) is expected to return very soon, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Kepler's required 10 days on the injured list will be completed Saturday, so it's possible hell return when first eligible Sunday, though the Twins have yet to officially confirm that. He was slashing .220/.322/.431 prior to straining his left adductor in early September.