Cave was placed on the 60-day injured list Saturday due to a fracture in his back, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Cave was held out of the lineup and unavailable Friday due to the injury, and he'll now be sidelined at least two months. His absence further thins the Twins outfield, with Alex Kirilloff (wrist) and Byron Buxton (hip) also currently on the injured list.
Cave was unavailable for Friday's loss to Oakland due to a stress reaction in his lower back, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. He'll be evaluated again Saturday.
It sounds like Cave will be placed on the injured list as a result. The Twins will likely need to call up an outfielder before Saturday's game.
Cave is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox.
The lefty swinging Cave will head to the bench with southpaw Dallas Keuchel on the bump. Now that Luis Arraez (concussion) has returned from the 7-day injured list to reclaim everyday duties in left field, Cave, Trevor Larnach and Kyle Garlick will have to vie for playing time in right field, while Max Kepler serves as the primary center fielder in the absence of Byron Buxton (hip). The right-handed Garlick should occupy the short side of a right-field platoon, leaving Cave to compete with Larnach for the strong-side role.
Cave is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Tigers.
With southpaw Matthew Boyd on the bump for Detroit, the lefty-hitting Cave will take a seat in favor of the right-handed Kyle Garlick, who will start in right field and serve as the Twins' leadoff man. Cave and Garlick are likely to form a platoon in the corner outfield until the Twins get one of their three injured outfielders -- Byron Buxton (hip), Alex Kirilloff (wrist) and Luis Arraez (concussion) -- back on the active roster.
Cave isn't starting Thursday's game against Texas.
Cave will be on the bench for a second straight game after he went 0-for-9 with a run and a 1:4 BB:K in his last four contests. Kyle Garlick will start in left field and bat fifth.
Cave is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the Rangers, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Though he'll be on the bench with a southpaw (Hyeon-Jong Yang) on the mound for Texas, Cave looks well-positioned to fill a large-side platoon role in Minnesota outfield in the short term. Alex Kirilloff (wrist) joined Luis Arraez (concussion) on the injured list Wednesday, leaving Cave and the right-handed Kyle Garlick as likely platoon partners at the corner-outfield spot opposite Max Kepler.
Cave is out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against Cleveland, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The 28-year-old started each of the last six games, going 6-for-22 with a home run and three doubles. Though the lefty-hitting Cave will take a seat Wednesday with southpaw Logan Allen on the hill for Cleveland, he looks poised to fill the strong side of a platoon in the corner outfield with Brent Rooker until Max Kepler is ready to return from the COVID-19 injured list.
Cave went 2-for-4 with two doubles in Saturday's loss to Pittsburgh to raise his batting average to .164.
Cave has been pressed into near-everyday duty with Max Kepler on the COVID-19 IL and several other injuries, but he hadn't shown much at the plate until this weekend. He's 3-for-6 over his last two games with a home run and two doubles after hitting just .122 (6-for-49) in his first 17 games.
Cave was a late addition to the Twins' lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. He'll start in right field and bat ninth.
The lefty-hitting Cave was scheduled to sit with southpaw Martin Perez on the hill for Boston, but Nelson Cruz's (illness) late scratch opened up a spot in the starting nine. Though Cave is now picking up his eighth start in 10 games, his playing time is expected to take a significant hit when both Cruz and Josh Donaldson (hamstring) are cleared to return to action.
Cave is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Red Sox.
With a southpaw (Martin Perez) on the bump, the lefty-hitting Cave's absence from the lineup comes as little surprise, but the 28-year-old outfielder looks set to lose out on work versus right-handed pitching in the near future, too. The Twins are expected to activate everyday third baseman Josh Donaldson (hamstring) from the injured list at some point this week, which would likely result in Luis Arraez taking over for Cave as the top option in left field.
Cave is starting Wednesday's game against the Tigers.
Cave was a late addition to the starting nine after Brent Rooker (neck) was placed on the 10-day injured list Wednesday. He'll play left field and bat ninth against Detroit.
Cave will start in left field and bat sixth Sunday against the Brewers.
Cave looks to be the major beneficiary of Josh Donaldson's (hamstring) move to the injured list Saturday. With Donaldson on the shelf, Luis Arraez is expected to serve as the Twins' primary third baseman, leaving left field open for Cave. He'll be making his second straight start after going 0-for-2 while reaching on a hit by pitch in Saturday's 2-0 win.
Cave is in the mix to start in left field after Alex Kirilloff was sent to the minors, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Cave started in center field Tuesday and went 0-for-2 with a walk. He's hitting .143 (3-for-21) with six walks this spring.
Cave will make the roster as the fourth outfielder capable of playing all three outfield spots, but he could begin the first month in a platoon role with Brent Rooker or another right-handed hitter with the Twins eventually expected to call up Kirilloff for everyday duty. We wouldn't worry too much about Cave's spring stats, given he's a veteran set to make the team.
Cave could begin the season in a platoon role in left field if the Twins choose to keep Alex Kirilloff in the minors at the start of the season, Betsy Helfand of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
Cave will make the roster as the fourth outfielder capable of playing all three outfield spots, but he could begin the first month in a platoon role with Brent Rooker or another right-handed hitter. Kirilloff appears to be the leading candidate for the staring job, but the Twins may keep him in the minors for a few weeks to get another year of service time.
Cave went 2-for-4 with two home runs and three total RBI in Wednesday's win over Detroit.
Cave hasn't exactly been a consistent offensive threat for the Twins this season, and he entered Wednesday's action having hit just two homers all season long. This was also just his sixth multi-hit game of the campaign, likely rendering the performance more of an outlier.
Cave went 2-for-4 with a solo home run and another RBI during Wednesday's win against the White Sox.
Cave got the scoring started with a solo home run off Reynaldo Lopez in the second inning. The 27-year-old has two long balls on the season, both which have been against Lopez. Overall, he's hitting .225/.286/.352 with 11 RBI.
Cave is not in Tuesday's lineup against Cleveland.
He has been the primary replacement for Byron Buxton (shoulder) and has a modest five-game hitting streak, although he also has a 7:0 K:BB and does not have an extra-base hit over those five games. LaMonte Wade will start in center field and bat sixth.
Cave will start in center field and will bat eighth Sunday against the Royals.
The Twins have seemingly settled on Cave as the primary replacement in center field for the injured Byron Buxton (shoulder). Since Buxton was placed on the injured list Thursday, Cave has started every game in center, going 4-for-13 with five strikeouts.
Cave went 1-for-5 with a double in Wednesday's win over the Brewers. He's hitting just .143 (4-for-28) with a .558 OPS in eight games this season.
Cave got the start in right field with Max Kepler getting a day off. After getting three hits in his first two games, including a home run, Cave is just 1-for-19 over his last six games with two walks. With Byron Buxton healthy, Cave has moved to a reserve role and will get occasional starts.
Cave went 1-for-4 with a grand slam in Sunday's 14-2 win over the White Sox.
Cave's bases-clearing blast got the Twins' offense started in the first inning of Sunday's rout. Depending on the severity of Byron Buxton's foot injury, Cave could stick around in the lineup for a bit longer. If the playing time is consistent, the 27-year-old outfielder could make a viable depth option in AL-only formats.
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|05/07||@ DET||W 7-3||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/06||vs TEX||L 3-4||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|05/04||vs TEX||L 3-6||4||0||0||0||0||0||0|
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|05/02||vs KC||W 13-4||2||1||0||0||0||1||0|
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|2019||AAA-Rochester Red Wings||48||196||37||69||18||4||7||39||15||50||5||0||.352||.393||.592|