Kepler (elbow) had X-rays come back negative but will undergo an MRI on Wednesday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Kepler received a preliminary diagnosis of a right elbow bruise after being hit by a pitch Tuesday against the Rays. The 26-year-old appears to have avoided structural damage but will still undergo additional testing to be safe. Jake Cave figures to take over in center field should Kepler be forced to miss time with Byron Buxton (wrist) still on the injured list.
Kepler was diagnosed with a right elbow contusion after leaving Tuesday's game versus the Rays, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Kepler was hit on the right elbow by a 95-mph fastball during the fifth inning and was subsequently removed from the contest. The 26-year-old should be considered day-to-day until the severity of the issue is determined. Jake Cave is likely to work in center field should Kepler miss any time.
Kepler was pulled from Tuesday's game against the Rays after being hit by a pitch on the right elbow, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports. Kepler took a 95-mph on the right elbow and left the game after being looked at by the athletic trainer and manager Rocco Baldelli. The 26-year-old should be considered day-to-day until more is known on the injury. Jake Cave took over in center field for Minnesota.
Kepler went 3-for-5 with a walk, a home run and three RBI in Tuesday's extra-innings win over the Red Sox. He wasn't even in the starting lineup with lefty David Price on the mound for Boston, but after pinch hitting for Marwin Gonzalez in the sixth inning, Kepler nearly single-handedly kept Minnesota in the game. He tied the score at 2-2 with an RBI single in the eighth and then answered a Mookie Betts solo shot in the 13th with one of his own, before walking it off in the 17th with a bases-loaded liner down the right-field line. Kepler is now slashing .321/.455/.736 with six homers and 13 RBI through 15 games in June.
Kepler isn't in Tuesday's starting lineup against the Red Sox, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports. Kepler will take a seat with David Price slated to take the mound for Boston. Marwin Gonzalez is set to man right field and bat sixth in Kepler's stead.
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