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Joe Mauer out with “pretty brutal” back spasms

May 7, 2014, 10:15 AM EDT

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Joe Mauer has so far avoided the disabled list, but the Twins first baseman sat out his second straight game Tuesday with back spasms and LaVelle E. Neal of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that he’ll likely miss at least a few more games.

Mauer described his back pain as “pretty brutal” and noted that this is the first time he’s dealt with back problems like this.

It’s a shame, too, because after starting the season hitless in his first 10 at-bats Mauer hit .324 with 21 runs scored in his next 26 games. In other words, he was hitting like his usual batting title-winning self.

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  1. zzalapski - May 7, 2014 at 10:24 AM

    “the Twins first baseman”

    Not gonna lie, I’m still not used to reading that.

  2. onbucky96 - May 7, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    That was a great contract extension the Twins gave Mauer.

  3. Jason @ IIATMS - May 7, 2014 at 10:31 AM

    As one who gets these sort of back spasms periodically, I feel for Mauer. It’s like a screwdriver is jabbed in your back then turned. It hurts to breathe, much less stand up and move.

    Lotsa anti-inflammatories. And rest.

    • thetoolsofignorance - May 7, 2014 at 1:01 PM

      I just had back surgery for a herniated disk. I can attest to the screwdriver to the spine feeling. When I was younger I used to find that hanging upside down really helped my back. then I got too old to be inverted. Yes I could get on the bar with the gravity boots but then a team of firemen would have to get me off of it. It lacked dignity.

      They say that there are tilt boards that you can use now to relieve stress on the back. You might want to look into it for your back. Relieving pressure on the bulging disk by taking pressure off the vertebrae can help they tell me. You might even allow the swelling in the disk to subside enough so its not pinched anymore. Another bonus is that I used to find was that after a session of being upside down I was taller for a while

      • tved12 - May 7, 2014 at 1:46 PM

        “Yes I could get on the bar with the gravity boots but then a team of firemen would have to get me off of it. It lacked dignity.”

        Great comment dude, hopefully I’m not laughing at you, but this really got me! Lol

  4. happytwinsfan - May 7, 2014 at 11:10 AM

    Isn’t this the sort of thing that isn’t supposed to start cropping up until a guy is in his late thirties?

    Oh oh.

    • dluxxx - May 7, 2014 at 11:23 AM

      It’s from picking up his twin daughters ever day. That has to be hard on a guy’s back.

      Either that, or from carrying around the overblown expectations that Twins fans seem to have of him since he got that contract…

      • tved12 - May 7, 2014 at 1:47 PM

        Overblown expectations? Tell me, what should you expect of a guy making $20mil a year?

        I’m not a huge Twins fan, but I can see their gripe. It was a lose lose for the front office though, you can’t let the home grown boy walk because it would have been a PR nightmare. But you knew the guy wasn’t going to give you 20+ homers or 90+ RBI’s a year. Tough spot.

      • happytwinsfan - May 7, 2014 at 3:59 PM

        For a guy making 20 mill (actually about 23) a year, for the first half of the contract I’d expect him to be an elite defensive catcher who wins batting titles. For the second half I’d expect him to be a solid, offensively above average, major leaguer. I’d also expect him to conduct his personal life in an exemplary manner so as to not damage his marketing value to the franchise. I’d also prefer that he not get any tattoos, but that’s just me.

    • Bryz - May 7, 2014 at 12:43 PM

      Yeah, but I’m 25 and currently have back spasms after my first men’s softball game from Monday, so….

  5. insidefastball - May 8, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    It was only a few months ago that Twins fans were hoping that moving him away from catcher would reduce the number of nagging injuries that seem to plague this guy each season.

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