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Jason Kubel suffers setback in rehab game at Single-A

Jun 30, 2011, 9:25 PM EDT

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Twins outfielder (and sometimes designated hitter) Jason Kubel has been on the 15-day disabled list since the end of May with a sprained left foot.

He began a minor league rehab assignment earlier this week and was hoping to return to the Minnesota starting lineup in a matter of days, but that plan is going to have to be put on a bit of a delay.

According to La Velle E. Neal III of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Kubel was lifted from a rehab game Thursday at High-A Fort Myers after tweaking his left foot while chasing after a ball. It’s not a serious setback, and the 29-year-old is going to attempt to resume his rehab assignment on Friday night.

“I knew I was going to have to play through a little pain,’’ Kubel said in a phone interview with the Star-Tribune, “but it was a little bit more than just a little. So I didn’t want to keep going like that. Just a little setback.”

Kubel, 29, was batting .310/.355/.465 with five home runs and 30 RBI in 217 plate appearances before suffering the left foot injury. The Twins, still 11 games under .500, sure could use that offense right now.

  1. kander013 - Jun 30, 2011 at 9:32 PM

    Where did it say there was going to be a delay in his rehab? In the same article it says the following, “There are no plans to shut him down or undergo a MRI exam. He intends to take fly balls early Friday and, if all is well, play tomorrow night.”

    Tomorrow night being Friday night? I don’t mean to be a dick, but how can you say there is going to be a delay after reading La Velle’s post?

    • Drew Silva - Jun 30, 2011 at 9:37 PM

      Yeah, you’re right.

  2. dramah - Jul 1, 2011 at 12:47 AM

    When he does finally make it back, I wonder if he’ll be expected to play day games immediately after an evening game.

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