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Joe Mauer Injury: Updates on Twins Star's Back and Return
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Updates from Saturday, May 10

Mike Berardino of the Saint Paul Pioneer-Press has the latest on Mauer's status for Saturday's game:

Updates from Thursday, May 8

Mike Berardino of the Saint Paul Pioneer-Press provides a synopsis of Twins manager Rod Gardenhire discussing Joe Mauer's injury status:

The Cleveland Indians previously announced the Minnesota Twins' lineup for today's game, which did not include Mauer:

Updates from Wednesday, May 7

Mike Berardino of the Saint Paul Pioneer-Press reports Joe Mauer is out again:

La Velle E. Neal III of the Star Tribune provides a statement from Joe Mauer discussing his injury status:

I can put my shoes on. The last couple days have been pretty brutal. So I’m starting to move around a little better, which is good.

[...]

I’m starting to feel little bit better. It’s starting to release a little bit. If I come in [Wednesday] feeling good, I might be able to get out on the field and do some baseball stuff, which would be good.

Neal also provided a statement from Twins manager Rod Gardenhire discussing Mauer's potential return to the field:

He’s feeling better but still not ready. When I walked into the trainer’s room, he was still in the whirlpool and is doing all the treatment you’re supposed to do. Day-to-day, that’s basically where we are with this thing until it lightens up on him and he is able to go and do everything.

 

Updates from Tuesday, May 6

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press shared the Twins' lineup for today's game, which does not feature Joe Mauer:

 

Updates from Monday, May 5

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press passed along the Twins' lineup for today's game:

Berardino also spoke to manager Ron Gardenhire about Mauer's back:

“It’s just a stiff back,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. “He actually walked in standing straight up, and that was a good thing because (Sunday) he was bent over a little bit.”

According to Twins head trainer Dave Pruemer, in a statement released through the Twins, Mauer was “feeling and moving a little better” on Monday. 

 

Original Text

Six-time MLB All-Star and 2009 AL MVP winner Joe Mauer left Sunday afternoon's game between the Minnesota Twins and Baltimore Orioles with an apparent back injury.  

Eduardo A. Encina of The Baltimore Sun reported the news on Twitter:

Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com confirmed the news and the switch made in the infield:

Mauer is putting together a good season thus far, batting .298 with 11 RBI and two home runs. On Saturday against the Orioles, Mauer hit his second homer of the year while going 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBI.

This isn't the first injury for Mauer, though, as he's been sidelined in the past, playing in just 82 games in 2011 and 113 contests last season. Matt Kummer of WBAY-TV 2 addressed his past issues:

Before the season started, Mauer made the transition from full-time catcher to first baseman in hopes that he could avoid serious injuries. Despite his best attempts to remain in the lineup, injuries continue to hamper the former MVP.

One good sign for the Twins is that Mauer has remained healthy enough to participate in every game this season, as Tyler Mason of Fox Sports notes:

Back spasms tend to heal over time and with rest, but as Kummer points out, injuries tend to become a recurring issue for Mauer. With his current status listed as day-to-day, he could make his return this week or be sidelined for longer as Minnesota will likely show caution with its face of the franchise.

For now, the Twins will have to hope Mauer can return at some point this week. The team dropped five out of its last seven games entering Sunday. Minnesota will face off with the Cleveland Indians in a four-game series starting Monday and the Detroit Tigers in a three-game slate beginning Friday, both of which will be on the road.

If Mauer is unable to return to the lineup, both series will be tough to claim as the Twins attempt to overtake the Kansas City Royals and Tigers in the AL Central division.

 

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