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Joe Mauer exits game with strained left oblique

Jul 1, 2014, 11:19 PM EST

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From MLB.com’s Rhett Bollinger comes word that Twins first baseman Joe Mauer made an early exit from Tuesday night’s game against the Royals after suffering a strained left oblique muscle. Most oblique strains need 2-3 weeks of rest and rehab, so Mauer is presumably headed to the 15-day disabled list.

Mauer hit a two-run double in the bottom of the fourth inning Tuesday versus Kansas City, but he is still batting just .271 with a .695 OPS in 76 games this season. The 31-year-old entered 2014 — his first season since moving permanently away from catcher — with a .323 career average and .873 career OPS.

  1. therealbigben - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:12 AM

    Garbage

    • TBaySlim - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:22 AM

      a stiff breeze could keep him out of the line up

  2. alpo3744 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    Poor baby Jesus

  3. mplsjoe - Jul 2, 2014 at 8:41 AM

    Let the “Mauer is a wuss” chorus begin. Facts be damned. I’ve been hearing all year about how much he supposedly sucks. So an extended absence from the lineup should help the club, right?

  4. irishlad19 - Jul 2, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Significant injuries/loss of playing time are becoming routine for this guy–tough way to finish up a great career.

  5. bisonaudit - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:28 AM

    “Hang on, Millie. Here we go again.”

  6. onbucky96 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:31 AM

    F R A G I L E . I think that’s Italian…

  7. sportsfan18 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:34 AM

    Sadly, in all pro sports, there are always players who have great talent but their bodies are simply not able to stand up to the rigors of professional sports…

    Brandon Roy in basketball was an all-star and his knees ended his career in his 20’s…

    Yes, there are different levels of being affected, from having to retire to playing in much fewer games, to go from hitting .320 to .265 with ZERO power or punch…

    Joe KNOWS how to hit but it takes MORE than knowledge to succeed in pro sports… have to be healthy, and have the talent.

    Joe has talent and KNOWS how to hit.

    A shame… sports is better for all of us when guys like these are able to continue playing…

  8. twinfan24 - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    With the exception of his MVP season, Joe doesn’t hit a lot of HRs. So, lack of HRs this year isn’t indicative of anything. And, he did definitely struggle to start this year. But, he was really starting to turn it around lately.

    Last 16 games .323/.373/.452
    Last 12 games .362/.400/.489

    Bad fortune to have arguably his worst season the year the All-Star game actually comes to Target Field. Has to be weird to be the ambassador for the game, while not actually having a good enough season to be on the team. I believe he will get it going again once he is back healthy and finish with at least a solid season.

  9. randomjoeblow - Jul 2, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Such a fragile little angel..

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