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Twins could activate Joe Mauer from disabled list Thursday

Jun 12, 2011, 2:52 PM EDT

Twins Mariners Baseball AP

Some things are finally starting to go right for the Twins. They’ve won eight of their last 10 games and even managed a decisive 8-1 victory over the AL West-leading Rangers on Saturday at Target Field.

They’re also starting to get healthier.

From John Shipley of the St. Paul Pioneer Press comes word that catcher Joe Mauer has not been scheduled to play in any rehab games at Triple-A Rochester and could jump from Single-A Fort Myers to the Twin Cities on Thursday of this week.

Mauer will catch a full nine innings today and Monday for the Fort Myers Miracle before batting against rehabbing closer Joe Nathan in a simulated game on Wednesday. If that all goes well and Mauer feels strong enough, he could be activated in time for the Twins’ Thursday afternoon game against the White Sox.

Mauer was 8-for-34 with no homers and four RBI before landing on the disabled list in the middle of April with bilateral leg weakness. He’s not going to save Minnesota’s season all on his own, but he’ll certainly improve the club’s chances of pulling off a major comeback. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday that he hasn’t decided whether Drew Butera or Rene Rivera will be sent back to the minors to clear a 25-man roster spot.

  1. Richard In Big D - Jun 12, 2011 at 3:10 PM

    Please start talking about the perfect game Francisco Liriano is throwing right now, through 5. I’m a long time Ranger fan, and I want to jinx him…

    • jimbo1949 - Jun 12, 2011 at 4:15 PM

      next page

  2. drmonkeyarmy - Jun 12, 2011 at 8:13 PM

    It would be funny if that was actually Mrs. Joe Mauer.

  3. minnesconsin - Jun 13, 2011 at 9:12 AM

    In theory, Mauer would provide a boost –particularly since the team’s backup catchers have been collectively awful in his absence.

    that said, Mauer’s performance at A-ball has been kind of scary. look for him to struggle as gets used to facing actual MLB pitching again. w/ the small sample size, his lone homer makes his SLG and OPS look deceptively decent. It’s just odd to see the batting champ hitting .263 against that kind of pitching.

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