Twins Manager Paul Molitor provides update on Joe Mauer

1st Baseman has been on Disabled List since May 19th

The WCCO Morning News with Dave Lee
June 07, 2018 - 1:25 pm

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Twins First Baseman Joe Mauer's latest trip to the Disabled List has not been what the team expected.  A "cervical strain" then turned into a return of the concussion symptoms that cost him part of the 2013 season and eventually led to him moving from Catcher to First Base.  Mauer was placed on the DL May 19th.  The neck injury had been traced back to a game against the Angels on May 11th where Muaer had dove to catch a foul ball.  One week ago, Mauer was "disappointed" by the return of those symptoms during a workout at Target Field and was unable to be activated off the DL.  

Thursday, on WCCO Radio's Morning News with Dave Lee, Twins Manager Paul Molitor provided an update on Mauer.  

"Well, we're encouraged.  When you're dealing with those concussion-like symptoms, and Joe's history, it's been a slow process just making sure we're doing everything we can.  When he does return, we don't have too large of a risk of him going backwards, that we don't have too much of a risk of him going back on the disabled list. Had a really good day yesterday, he's going to be out there on the field this morning.  He'll be the one guy that gets some work on the field, probably around 9:30 or 10:00", said Molitor, referring to Thursday's warmup prior to the noon game against the White Sox.  

Molitor added, "I think we're getting close to figuring out what the next step is going to be."

Mauer has passed doctor's concussion tests, but the team has remained conservative in handling his latest bout of symptoms.  There is no final word on when they expect Mauer to return to play. 

The Twins are in the midst of an 11 game homestand.  After the finale against the White Sox Thursday afternoon, the Los Angeles Angels are at Target Field for three more games.  You can hear each game on 830 WCCO Radio!