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Joe Mauer “finally turning the corner” with leg weakness

Apr 28, 2011, 8:39 PM EDT

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Twins catcher Joe Mauer didn’t reveal much information about his ongoing rehabilitation from bilateral leg weakness and a viral infection on Thursday when he spoke with a group of reporters. But he did acknowledge that he feels like he is “finally turning a corner” and getting close to “increasing the intensity” of his workouts.

Phil Mackey of the Twins Cities’ 1500 AM ESPN has all the goods from the short media session.

Beyond the questions about his current physical condition, Mauer was also asked about a potential position change. It’s something that might keep him healthier long term, but he told the reporters in attendance that it is not yet a topic of discussion:

“To catch. That’s what I want to do. It’s April. We have a lot of games ahead of us. If I come back and I’m not ready to go, I think it’s not fair to my teammates, not fair to the team, to the organization. I have to get ready to go and ready to play. … I just think I can help the team a lot better behind the plate. That’s what I signed here to do — to catch.”

Mauer was 8-for-34 (.235) with four RBI before the weakness and viral infection sidelined him on April 12. Minnesota has been relying on Drew Butera and Steve Holm behind the plate in his absence.

  1. brian1413 - Apr 29, 2011 at 12:08 AM

    Yeah but I am sure he will get a hangnail or ingrown hair that will set back his recovery.

  2. bigtrav425 - Apr 29, 2011 at 9:11 AM

    good.he is F/N up my fantasy team!

  3. schrutebeetfarms - Apr 29, 2011 at 2:05 PM

    I think the Tom Powers column that caused so much outrage wasn’t as bad as most people. He has a point but articulated very poorly.

    This is an example. The Twins should tell Mauer what position he is going to play. If they want to pay him $180 million to play left field, then get out there Joe. Yes, you were signed as a catcher, but you weren’t signed to catch. You were signed to help the team win games, and you’re not doing that being hurt every year.

  4. Old Gator - Apr 29, 2011 at 3:18 PM

    In other news, Twins catcher Joe Mauer dislocated his hip when he twisted his weakened legs trying to turn a corner….

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