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.
Manager Rocco Baldelli said Tuesday that Kepler (groin) has been running and throwing and has a chance to return from the 10-day injured list when first eligible Sunday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Kepler suffered a strained left adductor in a Sept. 2 game against the White Sox, and he's already making good progress in his recovery less than a week later. Baldelli indicated that Kepler has been running and throwing without incident over the last couple of days, so the outfielder looks like he'll have a decent chance at making back from the IL for Sunday's series finale versus the Indians.
Kepler was placed on the 10-day injured list with a left adductor strain Friday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Kepler left Wednesday's game against the White Sox with the injury, which was initially referred to as merely groin tightness. The issue is evidently worse than that, and he'll have to miss at least 10 days, though he's reportedly not expect to miss any more than the minimum. Brent Rooker was called up to take his place on the roster, though it may be Jake Cave who primarily benefits from the open spot in right field.
Kepler exited Wednesday's game against the White Sox with left groin tightness, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
The 27-year-old appeared to suffer the injury during the second inning as he scored from first base on a double, as he was replaced for the start of the following frame. The severity of the injury has yet to be determined, but Kepler will have Thursday's scheduled off day to aid in his recovery before missing any games.
Kepler will be on the bench Tuesday against southpaw Dallas Keuchel and the White Sox.
Kepler isn't being platooned this season, though three of his four games on the bench this season have come against lefties. Marwin Gonzalez starts in right field Tuesday.
Kepler (bruised foot) is starting in center field and batting eighth in Game 1 of Friday's doubleheader against the Tigers.
Kepler fouled a pitch off his foot Wednesday but is over the bruise. With a lefty (Tarik Skubal) on the hill for Detroit, Kepler will hit in the eight hole for just the second time this season. He has still been leading off against righties.
Kepler suffered a bruised foot during Wednesday's game against Cleveland and is considered day-to-day, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
The 27-year-old fouled a pitch off his foot during his second at-bat Wednesday and was forced to leave the game, but it appears he avoided a serious injury as X-rays came back negative per Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. Kepler's status improved after receiving treatment, but his availability for Thursday's series finale won't be known until he's reevaluated.
Kepler was removed from Wednesday's game against the Indians after fouling a pitch off his foot, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The 27-year-old opened the game with his seventh homer of the season on the third pitch, but he was lifted after fouling a pitch off his foot in his next at-bat. Kepler should be considered day-to-day until the severity of he injury is determined.
Kepler isn't in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.
Kepler will receive what appears to be a routine day off after Tuesday's 12-inning win against Milwaukee in which he went 0-for-3 with two stolen bases, two walks and one strikeout. Marwin Gonzalez will shift to right field with Ehire Adrianza starting at third base.
Kepler went 0-for-3 with a pair of walks and two stolen bases in Tuesday's extra-innings win over Milwaukee.
Kepler's forte is typically hitting for power, but he turned to his legs in Tuesday's victory, stealing second base in the third and fifth innings. The 27-year-old had only one stolen base coming into the game and was thrown out in five of six attempts last season. His career high for thefts in a campaign is six, set in 2016 and matched in 2017.
Kepler went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run and single in Sunday's 4-2 win over the Royals.
Kepler's two-run homer off Brady Singer gave the Twins a 3-2 lead in the fifth. While the outfielder's .227 batting average and .314 on-base percentage are less than ideal in the leadoff spot, he has helped make up for those underwhelming numbers by being tied for the team lead with six homers.
Kepler is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Brewers.
While the day off comes against a lefty (Eric Lauer), Kepler doesn't appear to be at any risk of falling into a platoon role, as he started against each of the previous three southpaws the Twins have faced this season. He'll sit for just the second time in Minnesota's first games Wednesday, with Jake Cave serving as the right fielder.
Kepler went 2-for-5 with a solo home run in Saturday's 9-6 loss to the Royals.
Kepler leads the team with five homers this season and his .241 batting average -- while not good -- is right on par with expectations. The power production will slow down, but Kepler is a true everyday player at this point and a fixture atop one of baseball's most potent lineups.
Kepler went 1-for-4 with a three-run home run and a walk in the Twins' victory over the Pirates on Wednesday.
Kepler waited until the ninth inning to produce, taking Dovydas Neverauskas yard for insurance on the Twins' lead. He now has four home runs on the season, to go along with three doubles. Across 48 plate appearances, Kepler has reached base 17 times, scored 10 runs and driven in 10 runs.
Kepler didn't have an official at-bat during Tuesday's win over the Pirates, but he had two runs, a stolen base, four walks and a sacrifice fly in five plate appearances.
The 27-year-old entered Tuesday's contest with only one walk in 38 plate appearances this season, but he served as the quintessential leadoff man against Pittsburgh. Kepler went 0-for-4 with two strikeouts during Saturday's contest, but over the past three games he's 5-for-8 with three doubles, five runs, three RBI, a stolen base and four walks.
Kepler went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Monday's 5-4 win over the Pirates.
His two-bagger in the sixth inning brought home two runs and chased Bucs starter Derek Holland from the game. Kepler is off to a strong start after his breakout 2019 campaign, hitting .270 (10-for-37) through nine games with three homers, six RBI and seven runs.
Kepler went 1-for-3 with a walk and a solo home run in Friday's 4-1 win over Cleveland.
For the second time already this season, Kepler launched a leadoff homer, this one off Mike Clevinger. The 27-year-old outfielder has three long balls in total through six games but only five hits, leading to a lackluster .200 batting average.
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