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Joe Mauer takes live BP for first time in six months

Feb 23, 2014, 9:01 AM EDT

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Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press has the story:

Before he stepped into the box against Vance Worley and Logan Darnell on Saturday, Joe Mauer hadn’t faced professional pitching in just over six months.

Let that sink in for a moment.

Mauer didn’t do much swinging on this day, but afterwards he sounded pleased to cross off another milestone in his return from that career-altering concussion of Aug. 19.

“Just like every first spring training day ever,” Mauer said after the workout. “It seems like that ball is coming in there a lot quicker than it normally does, but it was good. It was good to get out there. Everything went well today.”

The 30-year-old is being moved permanently to first base this season to preserve his health.

He hit .324/.404/.476 with 11 homers and 47 RBI in 113 games last year for the 66-96 Twins.

  1. proudlycanadian - Feb 23, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Hope he has a good season.

  2. rcali - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:28 PM

    Yikes, $23 million over the next five years for a light hitting 1st baseman. Very un Twins like.

  3. sfm073 - Feb 23, 2014 at 2:59 PM

    The twins have really wasted this guys career. He should have been moved away from catcher a long time ago. He could’ve easily learned to hit for more power.

    • happytwinsfan - Feb 23, 2014 at 3:46 PM

      the hope around here is that he will hit for more power now that he won’t have the wear and tear of catching most days. he is a big boy, about 6’5″ – 250 i believe.

      as for moving him earlier, i disagree. having a catcher who wins batting titles is almost like getting to put two DH’s in your lineup

      • proudlycanadian - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:02 PM

        Agreed!

  4. kraa0901 - Feb 23, 2014 at 6:06 PM

    Exactly happytwinsfan! Well put.

  5. valhallaviking - Feb 23, 2014 at 7:15 PM

    Anybody else notice every player’s salary is bloated, $23 million gets easier to take each set of new contracts. But really, nothing Vanimal threw out last season would be confused as professional pitching.

  6. joenash72 - Feb 24, 2014 at 6:59 AM

    The Twins have actually handled the timing of moving Mauer off of catcher really well. Trading Morneau to open up 1B at just the right time.

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