The Minnesota Twins are struggling mightily while they wait for their All-Star catcher Joe Mauer to return from his bi-lateral leg weakness. Because the symptoms of the injury are so hard to define, it has been hard to put a label on Mauer's progress, and therefore form an accurate timeline as to when the Twins might be able to expect Mauer back in the fold. But according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Mauer has begun throwing and catching, which is a good sign that his condition is starting to get better.
Assistant trainer Dave Pruemer said Tuesday there is no timetable for Mauer's return but the catcher is over much of the soreness in his legs and feels stronger.
His condition was complicated by a viral infection, that caused Mauer to miss some valuable rehab time. But the fact that his soreness is no longer an issue means that he can focus on rehabbing with his full commitment, and that his return is probably on the horizon.