If I am not mistaken, Gardenhire, like Tom Kelly before him, does not have a history of trusting rookies. So I would expect the immortal Lew Ford to get time in place of Kubel against lefties both starting and pinch hitting, as is the case tonight against Houston where Kubel is on the bench and Ford is starting against the lefty Rodriguez. Which is just plain dumb IMHO; Kubel should be playing regularly. He goes 2/4 against Oswalt last night, but gets benched today.
I would guess that Rondell White will be moved once Stewart comes off the DL. He's doing nothing for $3 million/year on a team with a slim payroll. That might open up a few more AB's for Kubel as the occasional DH if he's not in the OF. The fact that the Twins have given Liriano a shot at the rotation, and Bartlett in the IF might indicate a greater willingness to give the kids a chance to play regularly.
"Trying to hit him was like trying to drink coffee with a fork." - Willie Stargell on Sandy Koufax