Joe Mauer Injury: Updates on Twins Star's Oblique and Return

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Joe Mauer Injury: Updates on Twins Star's Oblique and Return
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Updates from Tuesday, July 22

Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com has the latest on Joe Mauer's rehab from an oblique injury:

Updates from Sunday, July 20

Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports Joe Mauer's latest rehab drill:

 

Original Text

In terms of injuries to star players at the major league and minor league levels, the Minnesota Twins have been hit as hard as any team in baseball.       

Joe Mauer is the latest victim of the injury bug, leaving Tuesday's game against Kansas City with a strained right oblique after hitting an RBI double. The 2009 American League MVP has been placed on the 15-day disabled list, via MLB Roster Moves. 

Matt Snyder of CBSSports.com noted the Twins were bringing Chris Colabello up from Triple-A Rochester to fill Mauer's roster spot. 

Mauer later discussed his health following the move to the disabled list (via Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press):

The Twins star also discussed the frustration of the injury with Berardino:

After being taken out of the game, Mauer told reporters (via Derek Wetmore of ESPN Radio 1500) that the injury "felt like somebody hit me pretty hard right there."

Injuries have been a big part of Mauer's career, which is one of the main reasons Minnesota moved him to first base full time this season to keep his bat in the lineup. He's only played in more than 113 games once since 2011. 

Despite giving Mauer's body a break, his bat hasn't been as potent this season. The 31-year-old was hitting .271/.342/.353 in 76 games before getting hurt. All three slash stats represent career lows for him, though they are Hall of Fame caliber compared to Colabello's .232/.280/.377 line in 40 games this season at the MLB level before being sent down. 

The Twins need Mauer, who is signed through 2018 and will make $23 million every year until the end of his deal, to be the offensive weapon he has been throughout his career. An oblique injury is tricky to forecast because the hips and sides are so crucial to rotating through a swing, so it could be more than 15 days before he's back in the lineup. 

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