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Joe Mauer finally looks likely to rejoin Twins’ lineup Friday

Jun 15, 2011, 4:12 PM EDT

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Joe Mauer‘s lengthy stint on the disabled list finally appears to be coming to an end, as the Twins catcher put the finishing touches on his rehab stint in the minors today by taking batting practice against fellow DL inhabitant Joe Nathan.

Mauer spoke to David Dorsey of the Fort Myers News Press afterward, saying: “I feel like I’m ready to get out of here.”

Mauer, who missed most of spring training following offseason knee surgery and has been on the DL since mid-April with further leg problems, looks likely to leave Florida and rejoin the Twins on Friday.

And it sounds like Nathan may not be far behind, telling Dorsey that he feels much better and is pleased with how his velocity has responded to the time off.

  1. lloydcarr1997 - Jun 15, 2011 at 4:25 PM

    Stick a fork in Minnesota they are done.

    • docktorellis - Jun 15, 2011 at 5:07 PM

      @lloydcarr: As a Twins fan, I’ve shared that thought after some of the uglier losses, but really, this is an optimistic report, a badly needed one. Couldn’t you save yr armchair prognosis for the next injury report as opposed to trying to tarnish our recent glitter?

      • hgulkkcaj - Jun 15, 2011 at 5:40 PM

        lloydcarr’s armchair prognosis forgot that the Tigers and the Sox completely fall apart in the 2nd half EVERY YEAR. With the guys the Twins have coming off the DL in the next 2 weeks (Mauer, Kubel, Span, Nishioka, Thome, Perkins, Nathan), I would be extremely hesitant to bet against the Twins at this point in the season – especially if I’m from Detroit or Chicago.

  2. mplsjoe - Jun 15, 2011 at 7:14 PM

    The anti-Mauer vibe in the Cities these days is huge. Basically, he’s been called a wuss, a faker, out-of-shape, or all of the above. It’s a really strange reaction especially because we usually revere Twin Cities natives like Mayer. Rarely has one of our native sons fallen so far, so fast.

    Dan Gladden, Twins radio color guy and resident “gamer,” today ripped Mauer during an interview with a Chicago radio station. Same veiled and not-so-veiled complaints about Mauer not rehabbing an old injury and being out of shape.

  3. vikesfansteve - Jun 15, 2011 at 11:26 PM

    Mauer & Morneau & Span all have to suck it up more.

  4. whatagreatfootballmind - Jun 16, 2011 at 1:33 AM

    Stick a fork in the Twins? are you kidding me? They were 15.5 back a week and half ago and that is down to single digits. They have Mauer, Nishioyka, Thome, Kubel, and Slowly all coming back sooner rather than later. The Twins who had one of the best records a home last year, have played the least amount of homes in baseball. 9 games back and over half the season to play? Yeah i guess they are done.

  5. schrutebeetfarms - Jun 16, 2011 at 12:45 PM

    The reason Mauer feels ready is that he was hitting off of Nathan.

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