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Viral infection the likely cause of Joe Mauer’s leg weakness

Apr 15, 2011, 8:44 PM EDT

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There was plenty of uncertainty and concern last night when it was announced that Joe Mauer was going on the disabled list with bilateral leg weakness, but there’s at least some room for optimism at this hour.

According to Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press, Joe Mauer was taken to the hospital with flu-like symptoms yesterday and it was discovered that a viral infection is the likely cause of his soreness.

“It tells us that there’s probably a reason why he’s been so sore, and that is that his system is fighting a viral infection,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “It kind of helps us in knowing a little bit better in where we stand and what’s really going on.”

The initial diagnosis of bilateral leg soreness hasn’t changed, but it’s clear that Mauer’s illness has made his symptoms much worse. The Twins are confident that there’s no serious underlying cause for the weakness, nor are they concerned that this will be a lingering issue. If that’s the case, we may see him back on a baseball field sooner rather than later.

  1. wintwins - Apr 15, 2011 at 9:39 PM

    When I first heard ‘bi-lateral leg weakness,’ all I could think about was Multiple Sclerosis or something else neurological. Hopefully this will run its course, and Mauer can get back to normal.

    • cur68 - Apr 15, 2011 at 9:58 PM

      Yeah well I thought slipped lumbar disk. This is relatively good news for Mauer. Sucks to be sick but he should come out of this WAY better than what I thought the problem was. I am real glad to be wrong. And, once again, well played Mauer…

  2. cusoman - Apr 16, 2011 at 12:02 AM

    GREAT news. *does the Mauer shake*

  3. mac065 - Apr 16, 2011 at 8:24 AM

    I’m happy Joe doesn’t have anything serious wrong, but as of now, it looks to still be a wasted season for the Twins.

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