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Joe Mauer’s concussion symptoms have returned

Sep 11, 2013, 9:21 PM EDT

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Joe Mauer was given clearance for light workouts last week and even participated in batting practice this past weekend. But the Twins’ star catcher just experienced a pretty frightening setback.

According to Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune, Mauer’s concussion symptoms returned following a workout Wednesday evening at Target Field and he was sent home to rest. Twins general manager Terry Ryan told Miller that Mauer was in an “irritable” mood when he left the park.

“This was a bad day,” Ryan said on Wednesday night, “but we’ll come back and try tomorrow.”

It’s a near certainty now that Mauer will not play in another major league game this season.

He has been on the shelf since taking several foul tips off his catcher’s mask on August 19.

  1. kotapug - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    What a wuss. He is a perfect example of why contracts should not be guaranteed . But the pohlads are a bunch of cheap asses that swindled a new stadium at tax payers expense to field a AAA team So they deserve to get a crapy return on there investment.

    • scoutsaysweitersisabust - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:58 PM

      Terrible spelling and grammar aside, let me hit you over the head a few dozen times with a bat and see how chipper you feel.

    • Walk - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:52 PM

      I took a pretty decent fall in mout training resulting in my head which was protected by a Kevlar helmet banging into the wall and sidewalk. I had a concussion and then was later diagnosed with post concussive syndrome that my military doctor did not want to diagnose leading me to see a civilian doctor. All I had to do was get hot and it seemed to come back. That lasted about two months. Even running or being outside bothered me for the first couple months. Concussions are serious business and the symptoms persist months after the fact no matter who you are.

    • hammyofdoom - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:08 PM

      You know, I was going to write some sort of well-thought out rebuttal to this comment, but I’m currently working on my thesis and dont have time for that.

      Instead: go to hell.

  2. dl3mk3 - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:52 PM

    brain injury = wuss? you are an idiot.

  3. shawon0meter - Sep 11, 2013 at 9:54 PM

    If I was him, I’d fake concussion symptoms because the season is lost and I just had kids.

    • lazlosother - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:16 PM

      If I were you, I’d fake being a troll so people didn’t think I was actually as stupid as your comments indicate.

  4. undeadjesus - Sep 11, 2013 at 10:13 PM

    Ughhh…Morneau situation all over again?

    Shut him down and start him at 1B on opening day next season. The team has guys in place to take over at catcher. Let him start swinging for the fences and watch him turn into a slugger for the remainder of his career.

    • krazytrane - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:04 PM

      I agree. Need to do whatever possible to avoid another loss of talent due to a concussion. While it may not expedite recovery it certainly will not harm anything it anyone to keep him off the field.

  5. scdocal - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:01 PM

    It all depends on how severe the concussion is but they have alot invested in this guy so they should be careful with him. That being said he has been down for awhile and catchers take foul balls off the mask all the time so I wonder if there is something else that’s going on. I obviously don’t know but usually concussions allow u to be back in 10 days. So just seems sketchy

  6. kotapug - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:34 PM

    Mama Gardy let’s the stars play when they want to play. And yes he is a wuss did you forget about the bilateral leg weakness ? This team is a joke starting with the owners and the incompetent coaching staff they have. It’s not real hard to fake an injury when there is no way of testing if they are lying . Oh wait I feel dizzy again and have a headache I don’t think I can earn my millions today . Show me the test for that !

    • moonlandingwasfaked - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:49 PM

      I think I can show you a test for being an asshole.

      • dluxxx - Sep 12, 2013 at 11:32 AM

        He just passed.

    • mntreehugger - Sep 12, 2013 at 1:58 PM

      You must be the dude that calls into the spawrts tawk station all the time.

  7. donth8thehorns - Sep 11, 2013 at 11:50 PM

    Kotapug! Your a toolbox !!! Mauer is top 3 in the game! MVP batting champ, the guy is clutch! So, is he faking injury? I think not! I would love to give u a concussion , your a fu@kin idiot

  8. rgledz - Sep 12, 2013 at 12:39 AM

    Kotaplug is a tough guy. His created player in MLB the Show gets concussed all the time and he doesn’t feel a thing. Mom’s basement is a safe place, isn’t it kotabuttplug? Just a heads up…..their shows ownership, there doesn’t. English is hard.

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  10. benjgold12 - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:34 AM

    What the doctors here in Minnesota call concussion symptoms, I call a team allowing their money maker to be a first time dad at home. I’m not too mad, its allowed us to see Josmil Pinto, who I think is going to be the 2014 starting catcher.

  11. dl3mk3 - Sep 12, 2013 at 8:40 AM

    Mauer has been among the league leaders in innings caught for his career, the idea that he is “soft” and takes days off is just plain wrong and speaks to the ignorance of most the fans and local media.

    • Cris E - Sep 12, 2013 at 9:37 AM

      More to the point, it’s not that Mauer has been catching Jim Sundberg-like numbers of games, but that catchers have always gotten injured at a very high rate. These days it seems much more permissible for them to admit to concussions in ways that didn’t happen in the past. (There might be a change in rate since the masks and equipment have become so much lighter, but it’s probably always been an issue.) What used to be “we’ll just give him a rest” can now be “we’ll set him down and let the cobwebs clear”. Not perfect, but clearly an improvement.

      • stex52 - Sep 12, 2013 at 10:54 AM

        An awful lot of people don’t seem to get that the catcher is the toughest guy on the field. If Mauer is starting to have lingering concussion problems, then thinking about a move might be in order. But any fool who thinks Mauer isn’t tough has no idea what he is talking about.

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