June 19, 2012; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (7) at the batting cage before playing the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-US PRESSWIRE

Joe Mauer Injury: Twins Catcher Goes 1-For-4 In Return To Starting Lineup Saturday

Joe Mauer returned to the Minnesota Twins' lineup on Saturday against Cincinnati and went 1-for-4 from the plate.

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Joe Mauer Injury: Twins Catcher Has No Set Return Date, Hopes To Be Back For Cincinnati Series

Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer was only supposed to miss a couple of days with his latest injury, a bruised right quad suffered when Rickie Weeks slid into his leg at home plate. Unfortunately, he has hit a road block along the way and now has no set return date.

According to the Star Tribune, the Twins were hoping to get Mauer catching in the bullpen on Thursday, but he was unable to because of his leg. He can still pinch hit, but is unable to run or catch and is forced to get a pinch runner on if he makes it on base.

He said there's still swelling in the quad that he has to work out before he can do more on the field and get back in the lineup. So he missed the entire series in Pittsburgh and might miss a couple games in Cincinnati this weekend.

"It's not much better than yesterday," Mauer said. "I thought I'd be able to do a little bit more. It's real frustrating."

The Twins were hoping Mauer would be healthy again by the end of the series against the Pittsburgh Pirates but they're now just hoping he'll be able to make it into one of the games in their next series against Cincinnati.

For more on Joe Mauer's injury and the the Minnesota Twins, check out Twinkie Town. More news and analysis on the world of major league baseball can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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Twins Joe Mauer, Matt Capps Expected To Return Soon

In a report filed on Tuesday afternoon by the Star Tribune, Minnesota Twins general manager Terry Ryan updated the status of catcher Joe Mauer and closer Matt Capps. Mauer was kneed on Sunday in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers when Rickie Weeks slide into home. Despite the collision, Mauer remained in the game for five more innings and added three hits prior to leaving for a pinch runner. According to the report, Mauer is day-to-day with a bruised right quadriceps muscle.

Via the Star Tribune:

"It's not anything we need to worry about," Ryan said. "There's still some tightness, but I think he'll be OK in the near future."

Ryan also classified Capps in the same fashion, saying that the reliever is day-to-day with a sore shoulder.

"Capps is fine," Ryan said. "They're both day-to-day."

Ryan made it clear that he does not believe either player will need to be placed on the disabled list.

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Joe Mauer Injured Sunday After Collision At Plate, Might Not Miss Any Time

The life of a catcher is never easy when someone is barreling toward you down the third base line looking to score, and though the Minnesota Twins won the game on Sunday over the Milwaukee Brewers, Joe Mauer sustained a bit of an injury in just that situation.

Rickie Weeks was trying to score from third base during the 5-4 extra innings win by the Twins, and Weeks ended up hitting Mauer in the thigh with his knee. Mauer returned to the game, but had lost much of his speed when trying to run the bases on a later hit. He was eventually pulled for a pinch runner.

"It didn't feel very good; it actually got worse as the game wore on but, you know, I told Gardy, 'I'll give you everything I got,' " Mauer said.

"I hit a ball down the first-base line that probably should have been a double but I was going as fast as I could go. Gardy talked to me about it and said, 'If you get on again, I'm probably going to have to take you out.' That's what the situation called for."

Fortunately, according to Twincities.com, Mauer is unlikely to miss much time, if any. It helps that the team has Monday off, which should give him an extra day to get his quad back in shape before the opener against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Tuesday.

For more on the Minnesota Twins, check out Twinkie Town. More on the Milwaukee Brewers can be found over at Brew Crew Ball. More news and analysis on the baseball world can be found over at Baseball Nation.

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