Twins outfielder Jason Kubel on Thursday had to leave a minor league game when he tweaked his left foot, the same foot he bruised in late May that sent him to the disabled list.

Kubel, playing right field for Class A Fort Myers while on a rehabilitation assignment, said he twisted while going back on ball hit over his head during a game against Port St. Lucie.

``I knew I was going to have to play through a little pain,’’ Kubel said 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.’’

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.

``Just a little setback,’’ Kubel said.

Twins assistant General Manager Ron Antony was in attendance when Kubel left the game.

``He just got turned around and when he stepped on it, he felt it a little bit,’’ Antony said.

Kubel, batting .310 with 5 homers and 30 RBI, hasn’t played since May 30 and went on the 15-day disabled list June 2.

Righthander Kevin Slowey, recovering from an abdominal strain, started the first game and gave up two runs over 31/3 innings on three hits, including a home run. But he came out healthy and will fly to Rochester on Sunday.




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