Kepler is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Braves.
Kepler will rest for the series finale while he's stuck in the midst of a minor lull at the dish, as he went 3-for-16 over the prior four contests. His absence from the lineup clears a spot in the outfield for Jake Cave.
Kepler went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in the Twins' 5-3 win over the Braves on Monday.
That makes 31 long balls for the 26-year-old, who checked in with a fifth-inning solo shot off Mike Soroka in this contest. It's the continuation of what has been a breakout campaign for Kepler, who hit just .224 last season, but is sporting an excellent .266/.342/.556 slash line across 464 plate appearances in 2019.
Kepler went 1-for-1 with a solo home run, three walks and an additional run Wednesday in the Twins' 7-4 win over the Marlins.
The home run was Kepler's fourth of the past week and his team-leading 29th of the campaign. The Twins' decision to hand Kepler a five-year, $35 million contract extension in February looks like a masterstroke by the front office, as he's blossomed into one of the top hitters on the majors' second-best offense in terms of wRC+. He'll handle his usual leadoff duties and start in right field Thursday in the series finale in Miami.
Kepler went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in Friday's 6-2 win over the White Sox.
The 26-year-old outfielder's career year continues. Kepler has gone deep four times in the last six games, and he's now slashing .262/.334/.535 on the year with 27 homers and 70 RBI -- both already personal bests, with 59 games left on the Twins' schedule.
Kepler went 1-for-3 with a two-run home run, a pair of walks and another run scored in Thursday's 10-3 rout of the White Sox.
Kepler launched a two-run, 405-foot homer off Lucas Giolito in the fifth inning to extend Minnesota's lead to 5-1. The 26-year-old has slowed down a bit lately but is still averaging a solid .263/.336/.532 with 26 home runs, 67 RBI and 64 runs scored on the season.
Kepler is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Yankees, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
He has cooled off a little in July, hitting .244/.289/.449 with four home runs in 78 at-bats, but he does have homers in two of his last three games. Jake Cave will start in center field, hitting ninth.
Kepler went 3-for-6 with a homer, a double, four RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's 7-6 win over Oakland.
Kepler gave the Twins an early 4-0 lead with his three-run blast in the second inning, giving him 24 on the year. After Oakland came back to tie things up, he drove an RBI single in the bottom of the ninth to send everyone home. The 26-year-old has just three homers this month but still owns a strong .859 OPS with 64 RBI in 2019.
Kepler went 2-for-5 with two home runs in Saturday's 6-2 win over the Indians.
Kepler went deep against Trevor Bauer in his first two at-bats, making it a string of five straight at-bats with a homer versus Cleveland's right-hander. Kepler has a hit in nine of his last 10 games -- including four home runs -- but is hitting just .265 during that stretch.
Kepler (knee) is starting in right field and batting leadoff Friday at Cleveland.
Kepler was removed from Sunday's game with a bruised knee but is ready to go following the All-Star break. The 26-year-old finished the first half with a .263/.337/.523 slash line and 21 home runs in 81 games.
Kepler was removed from Sunday's game against the Rangers due to a bruised knee, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Kepler has been battling a knee issue of late, and he was removed from Sunday's contest as a result. Manager Rocco Baldelli doesn't believe the issue to be overly serious, however, and he's optimistic that Kepler will be ready to go following the All-Star break.
Kepler is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the White Sox, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Kepler recently overcame a sprained ankle, but manager Rocco Baldelli said that the outfielder's absence from the lineup for the series finale is a pre-planned maintenance day rather than the result of any recurrence of injury, per Miller. Luis Arraez will enter the outfield in place of Kepler, whose pair of solo home runs in Saturday's 10-3 win allowed him to establish a new career high (21) in the category.
Kepler went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs in Saturday's 10-3 win over the White Sox.
It's his second multi-homer game of the month after he went deep three times in Cleveland on June 6. Kepler's slashing .269/.344/.548 on the year with 21 home runs -- already a new career high -- and 53 RBI in 75 games.
Kepler (elbow) will start in center field and bat leadoff Thursday against the Rays.
Kepler may not be fully healthy yet after sustaining a bruised right elbow Tuesday and sitting out Wednesday's win. Even so, with Eddie Rosario (ankle) listed as day-to-day with a more serious injury, Kepler will tough it out with the suddenly health-challenged Twins needing to field a full lineup. Kepler may not make for the most comfortable DFS play coming off the elbow issue, even though he's batting a sizzling .282/.391/.615 through 22 games in June.
Kepler (elbow) is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Rays, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Kepler's absence from Wednesday's lineup isn't all too surprising after the outfielder exited Tuesday's game with a right elbow bruise. X-rays came back clean, though the Twins are still awaiting the results of his MRI. Eddie Rosario is starting in center field Wednesday, with Jake Cave -- who would be the primary beneficiary if Kepler requires a trip to the injured list -- getting the nod in right field.
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 heater 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.
Kepler went 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles, two RBI and a run scored in Sunday's 8-6 loss to the Royals.
Kepler was terrific out of the leadoff spot as he has been for most of 2019. It was his second four-hit contest in June alone. The 26-year-old outfielder continues his breakout season with a .917 OPS and 17 homers.
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