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Joe Mauer out of lineup for second straight day, but Twins won’t elaborate on injury

Apr 14, 2011, 4:44 PM EDT

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Drew Butera is starting over Joe Mauer behind the plate for the second straight day and manager Ron Gardenhire would say only that Mauer is “sore.”

Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Gardenhire “was very adamant about not telling us more about Mauer’s status’ and “said the Twins will ‘re-evaluate’ the catcher tomorrow.”

Mauer got a late start in spring training following offseason knee surgery and has hit just .235 with a .554 OPS in nine games, although that’s still better than Butera’s career .518 OPS.

If the former MVP needs an extended stint on the disabled list, the Twins are in serious trouble because of their utter lack of catching depth behind him. And given the criticism he already receives (wrongly, mostly) from Twins fans for not being durable, Gardenhire keeping the details a secret isn’t doing Mauer any favors.

  1. wintwins - Apr 14, 2011 at 5:07 PM

    No surprise that Gardenhire’s been mum after what happened the last time he spilled the beans.

    http://hardballtalk.nbcsports.com/2011/02/23/joe-mauer-not-happy-ron-gardenhire-talked-publicly-about-his-knee-injections/

  2. nicosamuelson2 - Apr 14, 2011 at 5:08 PM

    Good point.

  3. sknut - Apr 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Gardy should just come out with it, when he hides it people get paranoid and think the worst. If he isn’t in the lineup tomorrow then there better be a full explanation, in the mean time I am going to go hold my breath.

    • ThatGuy - Apr 14, 2011 at 7:46 PM

      Good thing we have a solid backup waiting in AAA in Wilson Ramos…. wait a second…

  4. mplsjoe - Apr 14, 2011 at 8:57 PM

    I figured this was a fake “injury,” designed to defuse any critique of Gardy sticking with Butera as Carl Pavano’s personal catcher (Pavano is pitching tonight). But LaVelle in the Strib reports that Gardy met with Bill Smith and the trainer before meeting with the press. If it’s a fake, it’s a well staged-managed one.

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