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Joe Mauer scratched due to dizziness

Aug 20, 2013, 6:48 PM EDT

Joe Mauer AP

Joe Mauer, who took several foul tips off his mask in Monday’s game against the Mets, was a late scratch for Tuesday’s game against the Tigers after experiencing dizziness during batting practice.

Even before the dizziness struck, manager Ron Gardenhire said Mauer probably wouldn’t catch in the series against Detroit, according to the Pioneer Press’s Mike Berardino. Mauer was slated to play first base tonight. His exit resulted in Justin Morneau going from DH to first base, Josh Willingham going from left field to DH and Wilkin Ramirez being inserted into the lineup in left field.

That is what we in the know term a downgrade.

Mauer is riding a seven-game hitting streak and has three homers and 12 RBI in August. If he returns to the lineup on Wednesday, it will probably be at first base or DH. It’s clear the Twins’ plan was to have him catch less down the stretch anyway, figuring it’s not worth putting the stress on his legs in a season in which they’re also-rans once again.

  1. jdillydawg - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:17 PM

    PEDs. Without a doubt. Well known side-effect.

    What? We aren’t supposed to use this board to stir up controversy?


  2. mnwildfan15 - Aug 20, 2013 at 7:40 PM

    Bilateral leg weakness STRIKES AGAIN!! Just admit it Joe it’s MS. Join Harding and help the cause.

    • aceshigh11 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:34 AM

      That’s a messed-up thing to say.

      My aunt has MS. What the hell is wrong with you?

  3. jcmeyer10 - Aug 20, 2013 at 8:19 PM

    Jdillydawg: I would like you to reference this article:

    Mnwildfan: that’s tasteless to be kind. I hope you aren’t a fan of any Minnesota sports team.

    • jdillydawg - Aug 21, 2013 at 12:22 AM

      Read it already. Look up “sarcasm” in the dictionary while we’re educating each other. Might give you a different take on my comment.

      • jcmeyer10 - Aug 21, 2013 at 9:16 AM

        Haha, sorry about that. Went full on “Will Someone Think of the Kids” mode on that one.

        The MNWildfan comment just got to me.

  4. flickflint - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:22 PM

    I don’t know why but I never liked this guy. Still don’t, I’m a hater, oh well.

  5. mnwildfan15 - Aug 20, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    Yea because the Twins always send their injured players to the Mayo.

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