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Joe Mauer, Tsuyoshi Nishioka set for extended spring games

May 24, 2011, 6:41 PM EDT

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The Twins will move a step closer to getting a pair of regulars back in their lineup when Joe Mauer and Tsuyoshi Nishioka appear in extended spring games this week.

Mauer, who has been on the DL since April 14 with bilateral leg weakness, is set to appear as a DH on Wednesday.  Nishioka, who suffered a fractured ribula on April 7, will make his debut Friday as a shortstop.

While Mauer is going to get into a game first, there’s a good chance Nishioka will beat him back to Minnesota.  Mauer still needs to regain strength and stamina, whereas Nishioka mainly just needs to find his swing after a month and a half off.  Nishioka is expected to play in about 10 minor league games.  Ideally, both players would come off the DL in the first half of June.

  1. Justin - May 24, 2011 at 7:27 PM

    Ugh it is about time. If anything I can stop hearing people complain about Mauer being overpaid or not durable. It does always scare me when a small injury keeps him out for so long though. (http://minnesporta.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/mauer-update/)

  2. sknut - May 24, 2011 at 8:51 PM

    I still think it will be a month for Mauer to get back. Nishi heres hoping in about two weeks.

  3. Brody - May 24, 2011 at 10:16 PM

    This is great news. At this point we could use all the help we can get. These two would make a huge impact in our lineup! I also heard today that they have set a target date for Mauer’s return but haven’t shared it with the public. http://minnesporta.wordpress.com/2011/05/24/unknown-target-date-set-for-mauers-return/

  4. ThatGuy - May 24, 2011 at 11:58 PM

    I could care less that we are out of it at this point. Hopefully these two can at least make our remaining games entertaining.

    • Justin - May 25, 2011 at 1:56 AM

      I would be happy if the bullpen stopped blowing every game

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