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Joe Mauer catches three innings in extended spring training

Jun 2, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

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Joe Mauer caught three innings in an extended spring training game this afternoon, getting back behind the plate for the first time since being shut down in mid-April due to leg problems stemming from his offseason knee surgery.

Mauer went 0-for-5 at the plate, but afterward told David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News-Press that he “felt good” but “just a little fatigued” and reiterated that he has no plans to switch positions.

In the same game rehabbing infielder Tsuyoshi Nishioka played nine innings at shortstop and went 0-for-3 with a walk at the plate.

  1. pkiguy22 - Jun 2, 2011 at 5:22 PM

    Just trade Morneau already and move Mauer to 1st.

    • Mr. Jason "El Bravo" Heyward - Jun 2, 2011 at 5:25 PM

      Morneau would seem a difficult person to deal with the issues he’s having with his central nervous system (concussion, pinched nerve & impending neck surgery). I doubt MN gets back what they believes he is worth.

      • schrutebeetfarms - Jun 3, 2011 at 1:49 PM

        And Morneau is the more valuable of the two.
        He’s a better hitter than Mauer. Unless you’re fine with nothing but singles.

  2. sknut - Jun 2, 2011 at 5:53 PM

    The real question will he catch two days in a row? What about a day game after a night one? At this point there really isn’t any hurry to get him back here, season’s toast get healthy and grab your OF’s glove cause thats where you should be next year.

  3. wlschneider09 - Jun 3, 2011 at 7:14 AM

    Egads, don’t make him the #2 catcher. The Twins will trade him for Brad Lidge.

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