Minnesota Twins MVP Joe Mauer still recovering from knee surgery

Minnesota Twins catcher and team MVP, Joe Mauer, emphasized on Wednesday that everything is on schedule concerning his recovery time from off-season knee surgery. Mauer, who hit .327 last year with nine homeruns and 75 RBI’s, is still taking shots to help him lubricate the swelling knee joint which gave him so much trouble last year. “It’s more of a preventative thing, just to make sure I’m good to go for the season,” Mauer said before the first full-squad workout. “So it’s really not that big of a deal, and I kind of wish it wasn’t out there. But here we are.” His schedule consists of limiting how much he catches in both workouts and batting practice along with sitting out the early portions of exhibition games. This is a big year coming up for Mauer, who is beginning a lucrative eight year $184 million dollar contract extension. Addressing any concerns about the knee, Mauer said that the kind of knee operation he underwent in the off-season is a common issue among athletes. Teammate and starting pitcher, Tim Blackburn, underwent a similar series of shots a few years for a knee problem and fully recovered.
Obviously the Twins are taking every pre-caution with Mauer in making sure he fully recovers before Opening Day on April 1 at Toronto against the Blue Jays. “I want to make sure we clean that knee up before we get anything going,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

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