Twins Mauer takes step forward in rehabbing his knee injury


More than likely it won’t be enough to save their season, but the Minnesota Twins finally got some good news regarding their injured all-star catcher, Joe Mauer. Minnesota, who sit last in the Central Division 14.5 games out of first, are reporting that Mauer, who has been out for the past six weeks, is ready to see some game action as a DH in extended spring training in Fort Myers Florida. Mauer, who is hitting .235 with four RBI’s in only nine games this season, will spend an indefinite period of time rehabbing until Twins management are ready to call him up. “They have a plan … a target date for him to come back,” Twins manager, Ron Gardenhire, said about his all star catcher, who is a past three time batting champion. “And we’re going to work our way up to that and see if that works out. If it has to be adjusted … it has to be adjusted. Right now there’s a target date, and that’s what they’re going to get to.” Currently, the Twins want to first ease him into action with the bat before letting him perform his catching drills. Last December Mauer, who is in year one of a $184 million dollar contract, had arthroscopic knee surgery, which the club believes brought on the bilateral leg weakness which he is suffering from. Mauer, who is a former 2001 first round Twins draft choice, has also had some issues this season with his throwing shoulder. A huge reason why the Twins are occupying the cellar of their division is due to the rash of injuries. They lost power hitter, Jim Thome, for 23 games due to an oblique injury. Also missing, due to long terms injuries, are infielder, Tsuyoshi Nishioka, who is recovering from a broken knee and pitcher Kevin Slowey, who is rehabbing a sports hernia.

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