Kepler (hamstring) will sit Monday against the White Sox.
Kepler left Sunday's game against Oakland after tweaking his hamstring. The issue is reportedly mild but will wind up costing him at least one start. Rob Refsnyder starts in center field in his absence.
The Twins view the hamstring injury Kepler sustained in Sunday's 7-6 loss to the Athletics as a mild concern, Darren Wolfson of Channel 5 Saint Paul reports.
Kepler may not be ready to play in Monday's series opener against the White Sox, but the Twins appear optimistic that he'll be able to avoid a trip to the 10-day injured list. Minnesota already has three other outfielders -- Byron Buxton (hip), Alex Kiriloff (wrist) and Jake Cave (back) -- on the IL, so the team can ill afford to lose another key player at the position in Kepler.
Kepler exited Sunday's game against the Athletics due to a tweaked hamstring, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Kepler hit a double in the bottom of the eighth inning, but he was replaced in center field to begin the ninth frame. The 28-year-old is being evaluated to determine the extent of his injury.
Kepler went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in a 4-2 loss Thursday to the White Sox.
Kepler hit his third home run this season in the eighth inning off Jose Ruiz. All three of his home runs have come in his past six games. The 28-year-old is slashing just .200/.291/.378 with 13 RBI, 12 runs and five steals in 103 plate appearances. However, Kepler is starting to show a little power to go along with his speed.
Kepler went 2-for-4 with a home run, two RBI and a walk in Friday's 7-3 win over Detroit.
After going 19 games without a home run to begin the year, Kepler has knocked a long ball in each of the last two contests. The 28-year-old outfielder is now slashing .216/.298/.392 with two homers, 12 RBI, nine runs scored and four stolen bases through 83 plate appearances. With Byron Buxton (hip) out for multiple weeks, Kepler should see fairly consistent playing time in right field or center field.
Kepler went 1-for-4 with a solo home run, a walk and another run scored during Thursday's loss to the Rangers.
Batting leadoff, Kepler took Jordan Lyles deep on a 2-0 count in the first inning to give the Twins an early advantage. The long ball was the first of the year for the 28-year-old, who returned from a stint on the COVID-19 injured list Friday. Across 20 games this season, Kepler is batting .200/.278/.343.
Kepler isn't in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Royals.
Kepler returned from the COVID-19 injured list Friday and went hitless with a walk and a run in three at-bats in the win over Kansas City. Kyle Garlick will take over in right field and bat fifth.
Kepler was activated from the COVID-19 injured list Friday, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.
Kepler spent 10 days on the sidelines after testing positive for coronavirus. He'll reclaim his starting role upon his return and will be looking to improve on a .234/.315/.362 line from his first 14 games.
Kepler could return from the COVID-19 injured list by the weekend after he underwent a final round of tests, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
Kepler underwent an electrocardiogram test on his pulmonary systems, the final step before being cleared by MLB to return from the COVID-19 list. Kepler has been out since April 20 after testing positive for the virus.
Kepler was placed on the COVID-19 injured list Tuesday, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
It sounds like Kepler tested positive for the virus, so he will need to quarantine for 10 days before he's eligible to return. Brent Rooker (neck) was activated in a corresponding move, and top prospect Alex Kirilloff was not part of the reinforcements from the alternate site.
Kepler is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox.
Kepler was excluded from the initial lineup the Twins released ahead of Monday's series opener versus Boston, but the contest was ultimately postponed due to safety concerns. With the Red Sox opting to push Monday's starting pitcher (Martin Perez) back a day in the schedule, the Twins will continue to hold Kepler out for the lefty-on-lefty matchup. Kyle Garlick replaces Kepler in right field.
Kepler is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Red Sox.
With southpaw Martin Perez on the bump for Boston, the lefty-hitting Kepler will sit for the second time in 10 games this season. Jake Cave will cover right field in place of Kepler, who has yet to slug a home run over his 32 at-bats this season.
Kepler is fine after exiting early from Thursday's game against the Mariners, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Kepler exited the game in the sixth inning after legging out an infield single and a brief visit from the trainer. However, manager Rocco Baldelli said that Kepler is fine and that the team was just trying to get him some extra rest early in the season.
Kepler exited Thursday's game against the Mariners in the sixth inning after being checked by a trainer, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
No details were provided regarding Kepler's absence, though he had beat out an infield single immediately prior to being pulled. He was replaced by Jake Cave in right field.
Kepler isn't in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Tigers.
Kepler had started each of the first five games of the year and went 6-for-21 with four extra-base hits, five RBI and one stolen base. However, Kyle Garlick will take over in right field Wednesday, batting second.
Kepler went 1-for-5 with three RBI, a stolen base and a run scored in Sunday's 8-2 win over the Brewers.
Kepler opened the scoring by plating Jorge Polanco with a groundout in the first inning. In the sixth, Kepler added a two-RBI single before coming around to score on Miguel Sano's homer. The 28-year-old Kepler went 4-for-14 (.286) with four RBI, two runs scored and a stolen base in the three-game series against the Brewers. The outfielder is locked in for a near-everyday role while hitting in the middle of the Twins' order.
Kepler went 3-for-5 with a double, a triple, an RBI and a run scored during Thursday's extra-inning loss against the Brewers.
Kepler didn't post the best numbers during spring training, but he began the season on a strong note, falling a homer shy of hitting for the cycle. The German outfielder will hit in the heart of the order this season after leading off in 2020, and while one game is an extremely small sample, the move might benefit the 28-year-old.
Kepler went 1-for-3 in Saturday's spring training loss to Tampa Bay. He's hitting just .077 (3-for-39) this spring, but manager Rocco Baldelli said he's not concerned. "It's spring training, but everyone likes getting hits and when you're not feeling so hot at the plate, yeah, a hit like that will definitely help you," Baldelli told the St. Paul Pioneer Press. "...When Kep gets to Opening Day, just like everyone else over here, everything starts from scratch."
Kepler is set with the starting right field job, so his spring stats shouldn't be a worry. The larger concern is if he starts losing at-bats during the season to left-handed pitching. After hitting nine home runs with a .880 OPS against left-handed pitching in 2019, he didn't homer and posted just a .378 OPS against southpaws last season.
Kepler (thigh) is serving as the designated hitter and batting third in Saturday's spring game against the Rays.
Kepler exited Thursday's Grapefruit League game early after fouling a ball off his left thigh, but he'll take at-bats during Saturday's spring game. Kepler's injury appears to be minor, and he could return to the field in the near future if all goes well.
Kepler left Thursday's spring-training game against Boston in the third inning after fouling a ball off his left thigh, Dan Hayes of The Athletic reports.
Kepler was able to finish his at-bat before departing early. It sounds like a minor injury that will require just need a few days off. Kepler took a step back last season after a breakout 2019 campaign, particularly against lefties. After hitting nine home runs with a .880 OPS against left-handed pitching in 2019, he didn't homer and posted just a .378 OPS against southpaws last season. He's set as Minnesota's everyday right fielder and will try to prove his step back last season was the result of a small sample size.
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