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Joe Mauer recovering well from offseason knee surgery

Jan 28, 2011, 8:38 PM EDT

Joe Mauer, A.J. Pierzynski

During an appearance with the Twins’ annual Winter Caravan earlier this week, Joe Mauer told FOX Sports 9 in Minnesota that he “should be OK” for spring training after undergoing minor surgery on his left knee in December.

Seemed innocent enough at the time, but that one Tweet was still enough to send some fans into a small tizzy. Well, Mauer cleared the air today.

According to Joe Christensen of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mauer said he is recovering well from the surgery. He’ll be ready when camp opens on February 17, but much like his teammates Justin Morneau and Joe Nathan, his focus is Opening Day against the Blue Jays on April 1.

“I’m still trying to strengthen my legs and just get in shape. … I’m trying to take it like I’m getting ready for April 1.”

See? Nothing to worry about here.

Mauer, who turns 28 in April, batted .327/.402/.469 with nine home runs, 75 RBI, an .871 OPS and a 53/65 K/BB ratio over 584 plate appearances last season.

  1. yankeesfanlen - Jan 28, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    I hope Mauer and Morneau both are at their prime by season opening.

    Why? Because this is always the speed bump in the twins lineup when they play the Yankees. It’s a great test of how whatever pitching we cobble together works. Obviously THE FAT TOAD never does anything but walk both of them, but it will be indicative of future performance to see the results of AJ and mystery pitcher #5 against this punch.

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