Cave will be battling LaMonte Wade for the final reserve outfield spot when play resumes, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
It seemed like Cave and Wade were trending toward making the Opening Day roster due to the fact Byron Buxton (shoulder) and Marwin Gonzalez (knee) weren't going to be 100 percent healthy. However, that may be irrelevant due to the long layoff, and Willians Astudillo could get stronger consideration if there is a condensed schedule with fewer off days and the Twins want to keep a third catcher to manage workloads. Cave is a very capable fourth outfielder and hit .261/.320/.478 with one home run and two doubles in 25 spring plate appearances.
Cave started in right field and went 1-for-3 in his spring debut in Saturday's win over Pittsburgh.
Despite a productive season last year with an .806 OPS and eight home runs in 76 games, Cave isn't assured a roster spot as a reserve outfielder even with the expansion of active rosters to 26 players. Cave and Willians Astudillo may be battling for the final reserve spot, though their statuses likely depend on whether Byron Buxton will be ready for the start of the regular season in his return from shoulder surgery.
Cave will be on the bench for Game 1 of the ALDS at Yankee Stadium on Friday.
Cave likely has a role to play in this series but won't get the nod in Game 1 with lefty James Paxton starting for the Yankees. Eddie Rosario starts in right field Friday, with Marwin Gonzalez in left.
Cave went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Sunday's loss to the Twins.
Cave followed C.J. Cron's blast in the first inning with a long ball of his own to stake the Twins to an early three-run lead. The 26-year-old struggled out of the gate this season but found his stroke in the second half, batting .306 with seven homers in 124 at-bats after the All-Star break. He went 7-for-15 over his final four regular-season contests.
Cave is not in Saturday's lineup against the Royals.
Cave is hitting .220 with zero home runs and zero steals in 15 games this month. LaMonte Wade will start in right field and bat sixth.
Cave is not starting Wednesday against the Tigers.
Cave will head to the bench Wednesday with a southpaw in Daniel Norris starting for the opposition. In his place, Ryan LaMarre is starting in the outfield and hitting eighth.
Cave is not in Thursday's lineup against the Royals.
He heads to the bench with lefty Mike Montgomery on the hill for the Royals. Ryan LaMarre enters the fray and will hit ninth.
Cave will sit Tuesday against the White Sox.
Cave started the last two games after missing a week with groin soreness. Eddie Rosario slides to right field Tuesday, with Luis Arraez in left.
Cave (groin) is starting in right field and batting third Sunday against the Indians.
Cave sat out the last seven contests due to left groin soreness but is ready to go for the series finale. The 26-year-old was struggling prior to the injury, going 7-for-41 (.171 average) with 16 strikeouts in the previous 12 contests.
Cave (groin) is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Saturday's doubleheader against the Indians.
He has been doing baseball activities but is not yet ready to return to action. LaMonte Wade will start in center field while Max Kepler starts in right.
Cave (groin) isn't in the starting lineup for Friday's game against the Indians, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Cave was spotted doing some mobility work and taking swings prior to Thursday's clash, but he's yet to be cleared for game action. He'll continue to be considered day-to-day moving forward.
Cave (groin) took swings in the take and participated in mobility work prior to Thursday's game against the Nationals, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
Cave was held out of the starting lineup for the fifth consecutive matchup Thursday, though he was able to ramp up his activity and checked out OK after. Assuming he feels good Friday, he figures to have a good chance to return to action.
Cave (groin) is not in Thursday's lineup against the Nationals.
Cave will stick on the bench for a fifth straight game as he continues to nurse a bout of groin tightness, which he picked up Friday against the Indians. In his absence, the Twins will once again go with Eddie Rosario and Luis Arraez in right and left field, respectively.
Cave (groin) remains on the bench Wednesday against Washington,
Cave hasn't played since leaving Friday's game with groin tightness. Eddie Rosario again slides to right field, with Luis Arraez starting in left.
Cave (groin) isn't starting Tuesday's game against the Nationals, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Cave hasn't taken the field since being removed Friday with groin tightness. He'll continue to be considered day-to-day until an update on his status is provided. Eddie Rosario moves to right field and will bat cleanup.
Cave (groin) remains out of the lineup Sunday against Cleveland, Brandon Warne of ZoneCoverage.com reports.
Cave left Friday's game due to groin tightness and did not take part in Saturday's contest. Max Kepler will move to right field in his absence, with LaMonte Wade starting in center.
Cave (groin) will sit Saturday against Cleveland.
Cave left Friday's game with left groin tightness and apparently needs at least one day to rest. Eddie Rosario slides to right field for the first time all season in his absence, with Luis Arraez starting in left.
Cave left Friday's game against Cleveland with left groin tightness, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.
LaMonte Wade replaced Cave and could be in line for a handful of starts if Cave misses time. It doesn't appear as though he's in line for a long absence, as he's considered day-to-day.
Cave left Friday's game against the Indians in the fifth inning with an apparent lower body injury.
Cave hit a single but slowed up as he reached first base with what looked like a groin or hamstring injury. He walked off under his own power, so perhaps the issue isn't serious. With Byron Buxton still not ready to hit, LaMonte Wade may get playing time in center field. Wade replaced Cave as a pinch runner.
Cave went 2-for-5 with two solo home runs Thursday against the White Sox.
Cave went yard in the third and seventh innings to bring his season total to seven. With the Twins lineup thinned significantly by injury, Cave has seen a significant uptick in his playing time in August. He's taken advantage, mashing five home runs in his past six contests, driving in six and scoring seven runs in that span. So long as the combination of Max Kepler (knee), Marwin Gonzalez (abdomen), Miguel Sano (forearm) and Byron Buxton (shoulder) remain sidelined, he'll continue to see regular at-bats.
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