Cave was optioned to Triple-A Rochester on Monday. Cave hit just .182 with a double and seven strikeouts over six games since getting called up, so he'll head back to the minor leagues to find his swing. Tyler Duffey was recalled in a corresponding move.
The Twins recalled Cave on Sunday. Cave was summoned from Triple-A Rochester to replace Willians Astudillo (hamstring). Cave had filled a reserve outfielder role for the team prior to being sent down Wednesday and has hit .233/.324/.267 across 34 plate appearances this season. He is not in the starting lineup Sunday and will continue to serve as depth.
The Twins optioned Cave to Triple-A Rochester on Wednesday. With the regular outfield trio of Max Kepler, Byron Buxton and Eddie Rosario staying reasonably healthy for the first few weeks of the season, Cave had seen minimal opportunities. He appeared in only 12 of the team's first 21 games, going 7-for-30 at the plate with one extra-base knock. His demotion will temporarily leave the Twins without a true fourth outfielder, as the team instead decided to carry an extra pitcher in the bullpen.
Cave is starting in right field and hitting sixth Wednesday against the Royals, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Cave will get his first start of the year in the place of Byron Buxton, who is out of the lineup due to a sore back. Max Kepler will shift to center field. Buxton is expected back in the lineup after Thursday's off day, which would send Cave back to the bench.
Cave has likely won the fourth outfielder role for the Twins with the trade of Michael Reed to San Francisco, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Cave is likely to be the only reserve outfielder on the roster as both utility infielders Marwin Gonzalez and Ehire Adrianaza can play in the outfield as well.