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Twins admit Mauer wasn't ready for opener

Posted on: April 28, 2011 1:12 pm
By Matt Snyder

Perennial MVP candidate Joe Mauer only played nine games before going on the disabled list with leg weakness and a bad viral infection. Before he was shelved, however, he got off a pretty bad start for his standards. Thursday, Twins trainer Rick McWane gave an update on Mauer's progress -- we'll get to that in a second -- and also acknowledged that Mauer probably wasn't 100 percent physically ready to play when the regular season began. (Star-Tribune )
“He wasn’t strong enough to handle everyday catching,” McWane said. “At the end of spring training, he said that’s the best he had felt and he’s doing fine. He didn't have any issues with his knee at end of spring training. And still his knee feels good.

“It wasn’t a matter of his knee not being ready, he just didn't -- I don’t think -- have the repetitions, catching or in anything else. Once the season started, he started to wear down.

“Then he got sick on top of that. We've had a couple guys get sick. So it was just a perfect storm of several things that happened at same time.”
Mauer was attempting to come back from surgery on his left knee in December and had played in eight spring training games, but that apparently wasn't enough.

Moving forward is what matters at this point, though, and Mauer is progressing -- even if slowly. He should soon begin baseball activities before going on a minor-league rehab assignment.

The good news is that the leg weakness was merely soreness due to trying to rush back from the surgery. Several other possible causes of bilateral leg weakness -- such as bulging discs in the back -- that may have ended Mauer's season have been ruled out.

It's good that Mauer is getting stronger, but due to what happened at the start of the season, there's no way the Twins rush him back. Expect him to miss another few more weeks, if not more. 

Mauer, 28, hit .327 with nine home runs, 75 RBI, 88 runs, 43 doubles and an .871 OPS last season in leading the Twins to another playoff appearance. He also won his third straight Gold Glove.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: February 19, 2012 4:40 am

Twins admit Mauer wasn't ready for opener

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Since: Sep 15, 2006
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:03 pm

Twins admit Mauer wasn't ready for opener

That's very unlike the Twins.

I'm surprised at this approach.  Usually they are a little more low key and use common sense. 

Especially with a player like Joe Mauer.  Kind of stupid on their part.

Since: Jun 25, 2009
Posted on: April 28, 2011 4:02 pm

Twins admit Mauer wasn't ready for opener

So let me get this straight.  You sign a CATCHER to a long term crazy money deal, he has injury problems immediately the same season and then the next year you let him play while he's hurt???  What's wrong with the Twins management?  It's bad enough Twins fans basically forced management to hold onto Mauer and pay ridiculous dollars for a guy that isn't going to play a full year probably ever again and never have the season he had 2 years ago again.   The guy is an excellent player and healthy the best catcher in the game.  But what twins fans should have known and respected was teams aren't built around 1 player....  and never a catcher.  Trading him 2 years ago and getting some good prospects and talent would have made more sense....  

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Since: Nov 15, 2010
Posted on: April 28, 2011 3:43 pm
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