It’s a rare day that manager Rocco Baldelli spends his entire pregame media session addressing just one topic, but the list of Twins currently dealing with injuries has gotten so long that Baldelli did just that on Monday.

By and large, Baldelli’s list of updates seemed mostly positive after a day in which the Twins saw two players leave with injuries and another one pitch through one.

Max Kepler, one of those players, was not in the starting lineup Monday, but Baldelli characterized Kepler’s hamstring issue as a “minor tweak or tightness.”

While the Twins are optimistic that he will avoid the injured list, Baldelli said Kepler “may need a little time before we get him back out there, starting a ballgame, playing nine innings and asking him to go full speed.”

Kepler’s absence comes at a time when both Byron Buxton (hip) and Jake Cave (back), the Twins’ other options in center, are already injured, leaving Rob Refsnyder to make his first career start there on Monday.

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Along with Refsnyder, Baldelli said Kyle Garlick was taking some balls in center field to get him prepared in case he needs to man the position in Kepler’s absence.

“It’s just less than optimal configuration for us and something we have to deal with,” Baldelli said. “…You look around the league, there are guys playing out of position, really, all over the place and you’ve got to find a way to just get it done.”

Baldelli said Willians Astudillo, who also left the game early after taking a Chris Bassitt pitch on the left hand on Sunday, had improved to the point where he would be available on Monday and sure enough, the Twins called upon him. Astudillo entered the game in place of catcher Mitch Garver, who earlier had taken a foul tip off his right leg.

The Twins will have a better sense of starting pitcher Kenta Maeda’s status moving forward after Tuesday. Maeda, who started on Sunday, is dealing with tightness in his groin.

It’s an issue that has sprouted up in the past and that he’s pitched through. In comparison to that, Maeda indicated that this was not “as severe of an issue as things that he’s pitched with before,” Baldelli said.

But still, the Twins plan to have him throw on Tuesday after which they will know more. If it’s something that Maeda thinks he could work through, he has a chance to make his next start. If it’s something that is lingering, there’s a chance he could miss a start.

“It’s not something that we want to carry on throughout the season and have him deal with over the long haul,” Baldelli said.

Baldelli did not have much of an update on Buxton, who was out on the field briefly on Monday before the game but is not yet at the point where he’s started to run as he rehabs from a Grade 2 right hip strain.

Baldelli said he was still progressing to the point where he’s “more on his feet and starting to run.”

“That’s going to be the most important part of this equation for Buck,” Baldelli said. “It’s when can he start to ramp up and go from light movements to more aggressive strides and that explosiveness?”

While Buxton isn’t there yet, rookie Alex Kirilloff certainly seems to be moving closer to a potential return.

Baldelli suggested he could be out playing rehab games for the Triple-A St. Paul Saints this week.

Kirilloff hit on the field for the first time on Monday, seeing pitches off the machine. While surgery has been mentioned as a possible option as he rehabs his troublesome right wrist, it’s also possible that the pain is tolerable and Kirilloff is able to play through it.

That’s something that the Twins are still assessing. Kirilloff, for his part, seemed encouraged by how his wrist felt when speaking with the media during a Zoom on Saturday.

“It’s one thing to swing off a machine or just go out there and hit fastballs or BP,” Baldelli said. “It’s another thing to try to respond to offspeed pitches and being off balance and swings and misses and things like that but again, for where we’re at right now, this is a very good thing and it’s very good to see a guy testing himself and coming out of it seemingly comfortable and OK.”