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Joe Mauer shut down for the year a month after concussion

Sep 23, 2013, 5:05 PM EDT

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After more than a month of continued symptoms and multiple setbacks the Twins have shut down Joe Mauer for the season due to the concussion he suffered on August 19.

General manager Terry Ryan told reporters today that Mauer has been making progress recently and the shut down wasn’t caused by a setback, but with only a week remaining in the season the Twins simply felt there was no point to bringing him back.

As a Twins fan that makes plenty of sense to me, although unfortunately as the team learned from Justin Morneau‘s concussion comeback a few years ago taking an entire offseason to rest doesn’t necessarily mean the symptoms won’t return once the baseball activities start up again.

Mauer was having one of his typical seasons before the brain injury, hitting hitting .324 in 113 games and throwing out 43 percent of steal attempts. In his absence Josmil Pinto and Chris Herrmann have been splitting time behind the plate and Mauer’s future position defensively will be an offseason-long topic of debate in Minnesota.

  1. yankeepunk3000 - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:18 PM

    no matter how good he is he has just been too banged up for the contract they gave him. he has not been worth it and they need to change his position, otherwise this will keep on happening

    • brandonwarne - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:39 PM

      Pretty sure the numbers would say otherwise…

    • dickclydesdale - Sep 24, 2013 at 2:25 AM

      All those idiots that said mauer was a good signing because the twins were getting a new ballpark are turds. The contract really set them back 10 yrs.

      • Cris E - Sep 24, 2013 at 12:00 PM

        Really? So you’re saying losing Mauer and having a gigantic pile of cash would put the Twins on the doorstep of another five year run of playoff appearances? Are you sure? They’ve got 99 problems, but ready cash isn’t one of them.

  2. sadtwinsfan - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:23 PM

    closed down for the season? delusionaltwinsfans told me they’ve been playing extra early spring training games for the last few weeks. say it aint so joe.

  3. earpaniac - Sep 23, 2013 at 5:35 PM

    They need to change his position. It’s too bad because he’s a fantastic catcher. Look how much Biggio extended his career by switching.

  4. detectivejimmymcnulty - Sep 23, 2013 at 6:53 PM

    Hope this isn’t like Morneau. He was never the same.

  5. brandonwarne - Sep 23, 2013 at 8:03 PM

    My previous comment shouldn’t overshadow the notion that I think Mauer should play 1st (or hell, LF) going forward.

  6. racksie - Sep 23, 2013 at 11:37 PM

    Glad they shut him down. With all we know about head injuries, don’t risk his health on a lost season.

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