Twins expect to activate Jason Kubel for Friday

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The Minnesota Twins are about to take another step toward full strength, with outfielder Jason Kubel finally on his way back seven weeks after spraining his left foot.

Manager Ron Gardenhire said before Thursday's game against Detroit that Kubel was flying back to Minnesota from his rehabilitation assignment with Triple-A Rochester and would probably be activated from the disabled list pending a medical evaluation. Gardenhire said Kubel would likely play Friday against the Tigers.

Kubel was hitting .310 with five homers and 30 RBIs in 200 at-bats when he was hurt. He'll primarily be the designated hitter, sharing time with Jim Thome, but is also capable of playing left field, right field and possibly first base.