Rookie Zack Granite took Kepler’s place within the lineup Sunday, enjoying left subject whereas Eddie Rosario moved to proper.
“I misplaced my footing on the throw,” stated Kepler, initially evaluated for a left hip damage. “I assume I used to be so decided to remain by way of with my arm that I misplaced my footing, and I landed straight on my hip and it sort of twisted.”
Twins coach Dave Pruemer advised Kepler “it is only a bruise,” Kepler stated, and he was hopeful that a spherical of remedy would go away him out there off the bench Sunday and able to begin by Tuesday’s collection opener at Cleveland.
“I consider that and assume it can get higher quickly,” Kepler stated. “I would not say it is snug (to swing), nevertheless it’s manageable.”
Having already misplaced Miguel Sano’s energy bat for the previous 5 weeks and counting, the Twins additionally have been just lately pressured to play via damage absences to regulars Jason Castro (concussion) and Robbie Grossman (fractured thumb).
Kepler, hitting .244 with a .315 on-base proportion this season, homered twice off a pair of left-handers (CC Sabathia and Daniel Norris) in his earlier 4 video games.
“It is not likely the hip, it is not likely the again,” Molitor stated. “I do not know if it is extra of a sense or bruising or strained. Hopefully we’ll get a greater really feel the subsequent forty eight hours.”
In mild of Oakland A’s rookie catcher Bruce Maxwell taking a knee for the nationwide anthem earlier than Saturday night time’s recreation towards the Texas Rangers, Molitor was requested if any Twins gamers had approached him about staging an identical protest.
“They haven’t,” he stated. “I do not know what’s on individuals’s minds or in the event that they’d come to me or not. I have never considered it a lot till clearly (Saturday), what occurred.”
Molitor demurred when requested what his stance can be.
“The membership would have extra say than the supervisor, I might think about,” he stated.
Of the 34 gamers on the Twins’ September roster, all however 5 have been both lined up in entrance of the primary-base dugout, standing alongside the appropriate-subject line or warming up within the bullpen throughout Saturday night time’s anthem at Comerica Park.