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Updated: July 22nd, 2011 4:43pm
Jason Kubel prepared to play through some discomfort going forward

Jason Kubel prepared to play through some discomfort going forward

by Phil Mackey
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- After spending two months on the disabled list with a sprained left foot, Minnesota Twins outfielder Jason Kubel was penciled back in the lineup -- right field, batting fifth -- for Friday night's game against the Detroit Tigers.

Sitting at his locker stall prior to batting practice, Kubel said doctors have told him "I'm probably going to feel (some discomfort) the rest of the year and it'll go away eventually."

When asked if he's worried about another setback, Kubel said, "From what the doctors have been telling me, it's not likely something can happen again. It'll be there, but I finally got it own the point where I thought it was a month ago, where I can just tolerate it, but now it feels a little better than that."

He added, "My foot feels good. I can run around the outfield, I can run the bases, do lots of stuff. Hitting-wise, I felt like that's when I really started seeing it well, putting good swings on it. I was hitting balls pretty good the last couple days out there, so I think I'm ready."

Prior to landing on the disabled list on June 3, Kubel was the team's hottest hitter, posting a .310/.355/.465 batting line with five home runs and 30 RBIs. He sprained the foot while tracking down a fly ball in Detroit on May 30 -- the same series where the Twins fell a season-low 20 games under .500.

"A lot better shape coming back then when I left, that's for sure," Kubel said. "It made it a little bit easier, sitting back and watching. ...

"Now to finally be a part of that and hopefully keep it going and not look back, I'm looking forward to that."

As for Kubel's own expectations, he's simply trying to regain the same form he had at the plate for the first two months of the season.

"Not really starting over, but in a way, kind of. It's been two months ...

"I do have a good feeling from these last couple days, and hopefully that carries over and we'll see. It's a little different up here, but we'll see how it goes."

Phil Mackey is a columnist for 1500ESPN.com. He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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