Joe Mauer Injury: Updates on Twins Star's Concussion Recovery, Position Change
The former MVP had been out since mid-August with a concussion. Thankfully, he has since been ruled symptom-free.
Updates for Monday, Nov. 11:
To help prevent future injury, the Twins announced Mauer will move away from playing catcher:
BREAKING: Joe Mauer to transition to first base in 2014. pic.twitter.com/oxasig95K4— Minnesota Twins (@Twins) November 11, 2013
Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press spoke with Twins GM Terry Ryan about Mauer's progression:
"I would say 'symptom-free' is about the right description," Ryan said in a phone interview with the Pioneer Press. "He hasn't done the baseball activities. He hasn't done some of the things necessary for him (to play), where once he ramps up and the energy level rises and that sort of thing, but we still have time. Shortly after the season concluded, he was pretty close to being symptom-free."
No real surprise here.
The Twins have nothing left to play for over the final seven games of the season, and exercising caution with their $184 million man was the only realistic course of action.
Since signing that massive eight-year contract extension following his 2009 MVP season, Mauer has seen his numbers somewhat diminish. There has even been speculation about Mauer changing positions due to concerns about his health and the high-contact position he plays.
According to MLB.com's Rhett Bollinger, however, Mauer plans to stick at catcher moving forward:
Joe Mauer said he plans on returning as a catcher next season. Didn't hesitate saying that's his goal to remain behind the plate.— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) September 23, 2013
In 113 games this season, he hit a promising .324/.404/.476 with 11 home runs and 47 RBI while playing catcher, first base and DH. His slugging percentage, OPS and OPS+ were all the highest they have been since his MVP campaign, per Baseball Reference.
Mauer, who is on contract through the 2018 season, will now get as much time as he needs to completely heal from what can be a dangerous injury.
The six-time All-Star will once again be one of Minnesota's most important players in 2014.
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