Kubel will start tonight for Minnesota’s Single-A affiliate in Florida. The team hopes to get the outfielder 25-30 at bats during his stint, allowing Kubel to regain his timing in the batter’s box before returning to the bigs.
The 29 year old has been out since the end of May with a sprained left foot. He was one of the Twins best offensive contributors when he hit the DL, posting an OPS of .820 to go along with 20 extra base hits and 30 RBIs in the 52 games he played this season.
Because of the club’s injury woes, Kubel will be asked to take some ground balls at first base. Joe Mauer has recently done the same as injuries have sidelined regular first baseman Justin Morneau and caused his replacement Michael Cuddyer to return to the outfield.
Before hitting the disabled list, Kubel’s name was being tossed around as a possible trade candidate. It’s yet to be seen how Minnesota responds as they continue to get healthy, but Kubel’s numbers and expiring contract may make him a hot commodity come July.
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