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Joe Mauer remains on disabled list one month after concussion

Sep 20, 2013, 9:02 AM EDT

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Joe Mauer was in the middle of another excellent season when he took a hard foul ball off the mask on August 19. He suffered a concussion and a month later he remains on the disabled list as attempts to come back have been stymied by dizziness and other symptoms.

Mauer has spent most of this week working out at home, away from the team, and general manager Terry Ryan told Jeff Kirshman of that the Twins are encouraged enough by his progress that a Monday return is possible.

At the time of the concussion Mauer was hitting .324 with an .880 OPS in 113 games while throwing out a league-high 43 percent of steal attempts. Mauer’s normal backup, Ryan Doumit, is no longer catching this season due to a concussion of his own, so the Twins are going with rookies Josmil Pinto and Chris Herrmann behind the plate.

  1. proudlycanadian - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:07 AM

    It has been tough for Mauer and Doumit. We know how long it took Morneau to get over his concussion. Pinto has shown that he can hit and should be on the team next season.

    • zzalapski - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:21 AM

      Yeah, you can never have too many catching prospects to trade for middling closers.

      • proudlycanadian - Sep 20, 2013 at 9:24 AM

        Delabar for Pinto works for me.

  2. chiadam - Sep 20, 2013 at 12:29 PM

    Rub some dirt on it.

  3. romoscollarbone - Sep 20, 2013 at 2:14 PM

    It’s really interesting, that catchers tend to be out a month or so, but NFL players, suit up the next week.

    I had a concussion 4 yrs ago, after slipping on ice and knocking my noggin. I felt really off for 6 weeks. Would sleep thru my alarm clock, fell asleep in traffic a few times. And would drive to the wrong places while at work. So, i really never judge these guys and how long it takes them to return.

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