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Mauer wishes he knew return date

Posted on: May 11, 2011 2:42 pm
By Matt Snyder
And now, your obligatory Joe Mauer update for the day ... if you can call it that.

The star Twins catcher, who has been sidelined for the last several weeks with bilateral leg weakness and a viral infection that weakened him even futher, wants those wondering when he's going to be back that he's one of them.

"I'm getting my strength back and my weight back, so hopefully I can get back on the field. You've got to get back into baseball shape. But yeah, I still got some work to do, and I wish I knew when I would be back, and I know everybody else wishes too, but you just got to keep going in the right direction." (via

If Mauer truly started over, like it sounds, he'd need about as long as a full spring training would take to get back. He's been rehabbing since April 20 and a full spring training is five to six weeks -- which puts things at about June 1. Of course, I'm completely speculating and Mauer himself just told us he wishes he knew when he'd be back. Basically, it sounds like something that needs to be wagered upon. I'll set the over/under at June 1 for you. Proceed from there.

The Twins need Mauer back -- as long as he's himself and not the injured/weakened version -- pretty badly. Not only is he one of the team leaders, but notes the replacement catchers have hit .102 with a .136 slugging percentage, which is worse than NL pitchers have collectively done this season (.133 and .167).

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Since: May 14, 2011
Posted on: May 14, 2011 2:16 pm

Mauer wishes he knew return date

It would be a terrible move to rush him back and face the possibility of losing him over an extended period of time or risk reaggravating the injury where surgery would be needed again.  When you have that many years and $$ left on his contract it's better to place it safe over a few lost weeks. 
How hard is that to comprehend?

Since: Dec 13, 2007
Posted on: May 12, 2011 12:08 pm

Mauer wishes he knew return date

This guy may be the single greatest wimp in baseball history. Guess what Joe? Maybe if you spent more of the off season working out and less time making shapoo commercials you would be in shape to play the game. Joe has been coddled going back to his Cretin High School days, and it continues with an organization and manager who think it's OK to let the player decide if and when he wants to play. The Twins deserve all they're getting for this.

Oh- and Joe never has been, and never will be, a team "leader". A team leader sucks it up and goes out to play every day. A team leader doesn't decide he can't play because he's not 100% every single day. A team leader gets that way because he knpws he's not bigger than the organization. China Doll is none of those things.

One last thing for Joe- maybe you should sit with that ace staff of yours between innings and discuss whats going on with them during the game rather than yucking it up with the other team non-leader Morneau in the duggout.

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