With Joe Mauer Hurt, What's the Twins' Catching Situation?
There is still no news on Joe Mauer, and with each day, it just gets more and more frustrating. We've heard it's nothing serious, we've heard there will be no required surgery—why haven't we heard a course of action?
It looks more than likely that Mauer will not be on the field come April 6. He has missed far too much time at this point to be ready. Maybe by the end of the first month, but if he starts the season on the roster, it'll be a complete surprise.
There are now less than 20 days remaining until that great Opening Day in the Metrodome, and Mauer hasn't done much more than work out. If he can't run, he can't play, and thus far there is no indication that he'll be able to work his way through the injury in a couple weeks.
Assuming Mauer is out for at least the first week, what happens to the catcher position? Mike Redmond will probably start, and while he is no Joe Mauer, he has proven to be one of the better backups in the league.
If Redmond starts, who is the backup? The hope would be that a backup would be needed less than a handful of times because this would mean that Mauer is out for a very short period. Nonetheless, it needs to be someone who can step in, get some hits, and more importantly, hold down the fort behind the plate.
The options seem to be Jose Morales and Wilson Ramos. Morales has been hurt with just about every chance he's gotten, and he's aging fast. If he's given a spot, it might be his last go-around with the team if he doesn't pan out.
Meanwhile, Ramos would be making a tremendous jump from the low minors to the majors. He's shown he can hit, but can he do it at the major league level, and can he handle the pressure that comes with it?
Who knows what will happen? Let's just hope Mauer can shock us all and be on the field to start things off.
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