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August 12, 2020 02:36 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Day off Wednesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 9, 2020 02:28 AM
Twins' Max Kepler: Up to five homers
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 5, 2020 11:48 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Provides power in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 4, 2020 06:08 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Draws four walks
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 4, 2020 02:08 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Three hits in Monday's win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

August 1, 2020 02:16 AM
Twins' Max Kepler: Connects on third homer
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

July 29, 2020 03:12 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Heads to bench
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler is not in the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Cardinals.

Kepler started each of the Twins' first four games, going 3-for-18 with a pair of Opening Day homers. He'll get what appears to be just a routine day off Wednesday, with Marwin Gonzalez starting in right field.

July 25, 2020 12:56 AM
Twins' Max Kepler: Goes deep twice
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler went 2-for-5 with a pair of solo home runs in Minnesota's 10-5 victory over the White Sox on Friday.

Kepler wasted little time getting his season off to a strong start, blasting a home run off Lucas Giolito on the first pitch of the contest. He went deep again in the following frame, launching a 407-foot shot over the right-field wall. Kepler broke out with a career-high 36 home runs in 2019, and while he obviously won't reach that number in the 60-game 2020 campaign, he looks to be geared up for another productive season.

March 21, 2020 03:12 AM
Twins' Max Kepler: Struggles in small sample
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler hit .158 with one double, two walks and four strikeouts in 21 plate appearances this spring prior to the shutdown.

He got a late start to Grapefruit League play after battling a back injury at the start of camp -- that after he ended 2019 dealing with a shoulder injury. These spring struggles came in a tiny sample, so there is no cause for concern. Kepler should be well rested and fully healthy when play resumes.

February 28, 2020 10:20 AM
Twins' Max Kepler: In Friday's lineup
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler (back) is in the lineup for his spring debut Friday against Boston.

A minor upper-back issue slowed Kepler early in camp, but the issue never appeared to be particularly serious. He still has more than enough time to get ready by Opening Day.

February 27, 2020 01:56 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Ready for spring debut
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler (back) is expected to make his spring debut Friday against the Red Sox, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Kepler has been slowed by a minor upper-back injury to start camp, but he's on track to make his Grapefruit League debut this weekend, which should give him plenty of time to build up before the start of the season. The outfielder is coming off a career year during which he hit .252/.336/.519 with 36 home runs and 90 RBI in 134 games.

February 26, 2020 02:20 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Battling minor back issue
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler is dealing with a minor upper-back injury, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

The exact nature of the injury is unclear, but the Twins expect Kepler to get into game action within the next few days, so his preparation for Opening Day shouldn't be affected to a major extent. The German outfielder will be looking to build upon a career year in which he hit .252/.336/.519 with 36 homers.

October 4, 2019 03:00 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Starting Game 1
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler (shoulder) will start Game 1 of the ALDS on Friday against the Yankees.

Kepler is ready to go after battling a shoulder issue for much of September. He'll bat sixth as the center fielder Friday.

October 4, 2019 01:16 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Active for ALDS
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler (shoulder) is on the Twins' ALDS roster.

Kepler hasn't started a game since mid-September while dealing with a shoulder injury but appears to be good to go. The Twins seem confident in his ability to play center field, as LaMonte Wade was not carried as a backup outfielder.

September 27, 2019 06:56 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Not expected back until postseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler (shoulder) isn't expected to play over the weekend but should return for Game 1 of the ALDS on Oct. 4, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Kepler hasn't taken the field since Sept. 14 due to a lingering shoulder injury, though the Twins are confident he'll be ready to roll for the beginning of the postseason. He'll likely be reevaluated closer to Game 1 against the Yankees.

September 24, 2019 04:04 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Going through workout
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler (shoulder) is scheduled to go through an on-field workout Tuesday, Do-Hyoung Park of reports.

Kepler has been sidelined with a nagging shoulder injury, making just one appearance as a pinch runner since Sept. 14. The outfielder is scheduled to do some running and swinging prior to Tuesday's series opener against the Tigers. While Kepler is trending in the right direction, he won't be cleared to rejoin the lineup until he does some hitting against velocity. LaMonte Wade is starting in center field Tuesday.

September 24, 2019 07:52 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Still sitting Tuesday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler (shoulder) remains on the bench Tuesday against the Tigers.

A shoulder issue has kept Kepler on the bench for 10 days. He's appeared once over that stretch but only as a pinch runner. LaMonte Wade starts in center field Tuesday.

September 22, 2019 12:40 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: To increase swings
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler (shoulder) will increase his swinging in the cage and begin hitting off of a high-velocity machine in the next few days,LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Kepler returned to action Saturday on a limited basis, entering the game as a pinch-runner. However, this report suggests he's not able to swing a bat at full capacity, meaning his return to the lineup is still not imminent.

September 22, 2019 07:08 PM
Twins' Max Kepler: Remains out Sunday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler (shoulder) is not in the lineup Sunday against the Royals, LaVelle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Kepler appeared as a pinch runner in Saturday's contest against the Royals but remains out of the starting lineup Sunday. Rocco Baldelli hinted at this usage, telling reporters Saturday that Kepler may be used in more limited scenarios. LaMonte Wade will start in center field and bat ninth in his place.

September 22, 2019 11:12 AM
Twins' Max Kepler: Running before games
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Kepler (shoulder) was running the bases prior to Saturday's game, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.

Kepler has been out of the lineup for a week but manager Rocco Baldelli suggested he could return to the field in some capacity soon. Helfan reported that Baldelli stated, "He could be an option to help us out in some other ways even if he's not playing in a full game right now, but we want to keep his legs moving in addition to everything else." That said, Kepler may not get a full game of at-bats soon but could serve as a pinch hitter or in another limited capacity.

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