Sep 20, 2010, 10:48 AM EDT
Joe Mauer exited yesterday’s game in the sixth inning after tweaking his left knee while swinging and is expected to be sidelined for several days. Mauer missed most of his rookie season in 2004 with an injury to the same knee that required surgery, but has for the most part avoided any further problems there.
Ron Gardenhire called it “not a big deal” and “one of those day-to-day things,” but with the AL Central title all but locked up the Twins can afford to be very cautious with the reigning MVP. Minnesota has a 10-game lead over Chicago.
Mauer has been on fire since the Twins lost Justin Morneau to a concussion in early July, hitting .368 in 59 games. Overall this season among AL hitters he ranks second in batting average (.331), third in on-base percentage (.407), and ninth in OPS (.880), which is just a typical year for baseball’s best catcher.
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