Kepler hit .158 with one double, two walks and four strikeouts in 21 plate appearances this spring prior to the shutdown. He got a late start to Grapefruit League play after battling a back injury at the start of camp -- that after he ended 2019 dealing with a shoulder injury. These spring struggles came in a tiny sample, so there is no cause for concern. Kepler should be well rested and fully healthy when play resumes.
Kepler (back) is in the lineup for his spring debut Friday against Boston. A minor upper-back issue slowed Kepler early in camp, but the issue never appeared to be particularly serious. He still has more than enough time to get ready by Opening Day.
Kepler (back) is expected to make his spring debut Friday against the Red Sox, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Kepler has been slowed by a minor upper-back injury to start camp, but he's on track to make his Grapefruit League debut this weekend, which should give him plenty of time to build up before the start of the season. The outfielder is coming off a career year during which he hit .252/.336/.519 with 36 home runs and 90 RBI in 134 games.
Kepler is dealing with a minor upper-back injury, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. The exact nature of the injury is unclear, but the Twins expect Kepler to get into game action within the next few days, so his preparation for Opening Day shouldn't be affected to a major extent. The German outfielder will be looking to build upon a career year in which he hit .252/.336/.519 with 36 homers.
Kepler (shoulder) will start Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday against the Yankees. Kepler is ready to go after battling a shoulder issue for much of September. He'll bat sixth as the center fielder Friday.