Arizona Diamondbacks outfielder Jason Kubel was a late scratch from the team's lineup yesterday, as the veteran was sidelined due to a stiff back, according to Tyler Emerick of MLB.com. Kubel experienced the discomfort while stretching prior to the game, but he told reporters that he's hoping to be back in action Tuesday following today's off day.
"Just going through all the stretching, it tightened
up," said Kubel, adding that no MRI is scheduled at this point.
"Hopefully [Monday's] day off will help. Hopefully, it feels better."
Kubel was in Arizona's lineup on Saturday, going 1-for-4 with a double. He was slated to bat fifth and play left field yesterday before being replaced by A.J. Pollock. Pollock took over in center and Adam Eaton shifted to man left field.
The Diamondbacks have yet to schedule Kubel for an MRI, indicating that they don't believe the injury is significant. If the discomfort continues to linger he could be sent for further testing to uncover the extent of the ailment, but at this point it appears he could return as soon as Tuesday.
Earlier this season, Kubel missed time due to a strained quad. In general, it's been a down year for the 31-year-old, as he's only hit .234/.312/.356 with eight doubles and five home runs. Kubel was a pivotal part of Arizona's offense last year, hitting an impressive .253/.327/.506 with 30 doubles and 30 home runs.
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