Cave is out of the lineup Sunday against the Royals. Cave sits for just the second time in September, during which he's batted .283/.309/.509 with three homers. Max Kepler will slide over to center field in his absence, with Johnny Field starting in right.
Cave went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run Thursday against the Royals. Cave took Heath Fillmyer deep in the second inning to record his 11th home run of the season. It was the his third home run in September and brought his slugging percentage up to .487 through 226 career at-bats. While the power is apparent, Cave has a lot of swing and miss in his approach: He will take a 32.1 percent strikeout rate into Friday's action.
Cave went 2-for-5 with a run, a stolen base and two RBI in Tuesday's win over the Yankees. Cave slashed a two-run single off Sonny Gray in the third inning and promptly stole his second base of the year in the same inning. The rookie is hitting .260/.308/.470 with 10 home runs, 33 RBI and 40 runs in 74 games this season. Cave strikes out at a high rate (77 punchouts in 239 plate appearances) but his power potential makes him a somewhat intriguing option as an everyday outfielder.
Cave is out of the lineup for Friday's game against the Athletics. Cave heads to the bench after starting the last five games in right field. Robbie Grossman instead earns the starting nod and bats ninth against Athletics' left-hander Sean Manaea.
Cave is not in the lineup Saturday against the Tigers, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports. Cave has sat for two of the Twins' last three games, though all three have come against lefties. Max Kepler will slide over to center field Saturday, with Johnny Field starting in right.
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