Kepler exits with minor hip injury vs. Tigers

Twins don't expect ailment to be serious, OF to be reevaluated Sunday

Kepler exits with minor hip injury vs. Tigers

DETROIT -- Twins right fielder Max Kepler left Saturday's 10-4 win against the Tigers at Comerica Park in the second inning with a left hip injury suffered on a throw home during the bottom of the first. But the Twins don't believe it's serious and he'll be reevaluated Sunday.

After a leadoff double from Ian Kinsler in the first, Alex Presley singled to right and Kepler tried to throw out Kinsler at home and appeared to slip on the play, falling over as he threw. Kepler remained in the game, but came out for pinch-hitter Ehire Adrianza in the second. Adrianza popped out to first for the inning's second out.

"[Kepler's] OK," Twins manager Paul Molitor said. "I think he just took an awkward fall there. We'll check him out in the morning. I don't think it's anything major. I just think there was some discomfort when he tried to swing a little bit. It was enough to be cautious and get him out of there. I don't know if it's more muscular, he might've torqued it funny."

Adrianza remained in the game in left, with Eddie Rosario moving from left field to right field. Adrianza had been starting against lefties in recent weeks, but Kepler had homered in back-to-back starts against lefties this week and started against lefty Matthew Boyd on Saturday. Adrianza went 1-for-4 with a double, scoring on an RBI single from Robbie Grossman in the seventh.

Grossman's RBI single

Kepler, 24, is hitting .244/.315/.430 with 19 homers and 68 RBIs in 142 games this season, while playing strong defense in right field.

Rhett Bollinger has covered the Twins for MLB.com since 2011. Follow him on Twitter @RhettBollinger and Facebook. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.