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Updated: June 30th, 2011 7:46pm
Jason Kubel suffers setback with sprained foot in rehab game

Jason Kubel suffers setback with sprained foot in rehab game

by Phil Mackey
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Considering the Minnesota Twins' luck with injuries this season, it seems only fitting outfielder Jason Kubel would knock over a hurdle in his attempt to return from a sprained left foot.

Playing right field for Single-A Fort Myers in a rehab game Thursday, Kubel left the ballgame in the third inning after tweaking his left foot going back on a fly ball.

General manager Bill Smith said Kubel was removed for "precautionary purposes," and he will be re-evaluated by the Fort Myers medical staff on Friday.

"I knew I was going to have to play through a little pain," Kubel told the Star Tribune in a phone interview, "but it was a little bit more than just a little. So I didn't want to keep going like that."

Kubel added that it was "just a little setback."

But any kind of setback, little or large, is the last thing the Twins need right now. The team is already without first baseman Justin Morneau (neck surgery) until at least August, Delmon Young (sprained ankle) until mid-July and Denard Span (concussion) until further notice.

This, of course, after missing Joe Mauer for two months with leg weakness, Jim Thome for a large chunk of time with back issues.

Kubel was originally scheduled to join Double-A New Britain for three games this weekend before possibly being activated from the disabled list on Monday. Per the Star Tribune, Kubel will go through pre-game workouts with Fort Myers on Friday instead, in hopes of jumping back into the lineup immediately.

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