Joe Mauer Plays In Minor League Game; Still No Timetable For Return

Joe Mauer has been put on the DL while dealing with a condition know as bi-lateral leg weakness.

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Joe Mauer Injury Update: Catcher To Play Rehab Game in Fort Myers This Week

Joe Mauer has been on the disabled list since April 13 with bilateral leg weakness, but the injured Minnesota Twins catcher is expected to make a rehab appearance with the club's Fort Myers, Fla., affiliate sometime this week.

"He's doing a lot of running, ran the bases and everything's going good," manager Ron Gardenhire told 1500 ESPN on Sunday. "He still had a little bit of the soreness in his arm, and that's just from -- he's throwing, doing all the throwing and stuff like that. The plan is for him Monday or Tuesday to get into a game, start out as a DH and then you work your way into the rest of it."

Mauer wasn't in the lineup for Monday's game, but seems to be returning to health as the Pioneer Press's Kelsie Smith reported that he threw from 120-feet while preparing for a possible appearance on Tuesday.

While this news is good, Gardenhire told 1500 ESPN that he's leery about pushing his All-Star catcher to return before he's fully healthy.

"It's almost impossible for me to start pushing. We've seen already, he came out and it didn't work out. He said he was ready. I watched this, and then I watched the young man come in and was really, really sore," Gardenhire said. "It's impossible for me as a manager to try to force-feed anything. I'm just letting the training staff and the doctors do their thing, and when they tell him he's ready, he's going to be ready. I can't really push it any more than that."

Either way, this news is positive in at least Mauer seems to be inching closer to returning to the Twins.

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Joe Mauer Headed To Rehab Assignment In Fort Myers

Our good friends over at Twinkie Town are reporting, via multiple sources, that catcher Joe Mauer is heading to Fort Myers, Florida, to start rehabilitating.

Mauer has been sidelined since April 12 with bi-lateral leg weakness, a condition that means exactly what it sounds like, a weakening of both legs. Nobody seems to be entirely sure what brought the condition on, but whatever it was, it has caused Mauer to lose a lot of weight.

Mauer started taking batting practice last week, and only played in eight games before the condition took him out of the lineup. He was hitting just .235 before the injury, and only had one extra-base hit in those eight games.

A .235 average doesn't sound terribly impressive, particularly for Mauer, but he looks like Johnny Bench compared to what the team has done with the catcher position since Mauer went out. The three players that have taken turns at catcher since Mauer was sidelined. . .Drew Butera, Steve Holm, and Rene Rivera. . .were a combined 11-for-100 going into Monday night's game. To contrast that, National League pitchers are hitting a collective .143 for the season.

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Joe Mauer Injury Update: Catcher's Improving, But Still No Timetable For Return To Twins

Joe Mauer’s injury is said to be improving, but the most recent update still doesn’t have any sort of timetable for the catcher’s return to the Minnesota Twins lineup aside from a rehab assignment being in his future.

“It feels like I’m finally turning a corner,” Mauer told the Star Tribune after being listed on the Disabled List since April 12 with bilateral leg weakness.

Mauer was eligible to come off the DL on Thursday, but according to Twins trainer Rick McWane, the catcher is still working to improve in his strength after losing 15 pounds due to a viral infection last week that is apparently unrelated to the leg weakness.

“He’s still in the strength phase of his program,” head trainer Rick McWane told the Star Tribune. “He’s getting stronger, he’s feeling a lot better, he’s improved his flexibility, improved his strength in his legs, his upper body, his shoulder, his elbow — everything’s getting stronger.”

Through it all, Mauer seems to be keeping the right attitude.

“I just kind of had a bad storm the last couple weeks,” he said. “I feel confident once I get healthy, and get where I need to be, that it won’t be a problem.”

Hopefully he’s healthy sooner rather than later as the Twins could definitely use hit bat in the lineup as soon as Mauer is ready to return.

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Joe Mauer Injury: Mauer Disagrees With Twins' Assessment Of His Injury

The Minnesota Twins say that the reason that catcher Joe Mauer is suffering from bilateral leg weakness is because of a viral infection that he has been suffering from.

Mauer, on the other hand? Yeah, he's not really saying that at all.

"I'm not a doctor," the All-Star catcher said Sunday, "but I don't feel like they are related. Before I started feeling sick, it was going to be done. I couldn't go out there and play. I needed to take a step back and not play; it is just making things worse."

Mauer has spent the past couple of days in his hotel room in St. Petersburg while the Twins were taking on the Tampa Bay Rays. He has, apparently, lost 12 pounds over the course of the last two days.

The Twins all-everything catcher will travel with the team to Baltimore today, as he will see the same specialist that worked on his inflamed sacroiliac joint in 2009 as part of an annual check-up. He could fly back to the Twin Cities as early as this evening to begin his rehab work.

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