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.