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Joe Mauer likely to miss several games after tweaking knee

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.

  1. BC - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:12 AM

    This Mauer kid… he’s going to amount to something someday. Has a lot of Moxie.

  2. ThatGuy - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:29 AM

    Sit him, Mauer being healthy is much more important than homefield in the playoffs. Play Morales for a week or so. Don’t risk bringing him back early.

  3. Mrsteve - Sep 20, 2010 at 11:47 AM

    What’s worse Punto has been playing the last few days & the Twins have already lost 2 of 3.
    Gardy is going to find someway to start Punto in each playoff game & the Twins will be swept away again.
    Whenever I see him & Gardy together I think of that song in the 80’s. Secret Lovers

  4. ThatGuy - Sep 20, 2010 at 12:46 PM

    I think your over-reacting a bit. Your first statement is just plain false. Punto has played in two of the 9 games since he returned from the DL, and they were 4 games a part, the first time was as a 9th inning pinch hitter in a blowout. He is a reserve, reserves spell people. He is going to get more games down the stretch here, because Gardy is going to want all his starters healthy for playoffs.

  5. Mrsteve - Sep 20, 2010 at 3:02 PM

    Nick Punto sucks! Dive into first base & dislocate your shoulder please.
    He played a couple times in the last few days & they lost 2 of 3. How is that just plain false? He brings disaster with him!

  6. ThatGuy - Sep 20, 2010 at 5:39 PM

    He played Sunday and had a pinch hitting appearance in Wednesdays 9-3 blowout. That is how it is plain false, his 3 at bats in that Oakland series definatly caused them to go 1-2 in that series. They give Hudson a break one game and you act like its the end of the world

  7. Mrsteve - Sep 20, 2010 at 10:59 PM

    Punto must have pics of you too.

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