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Joe Mauer | First Baseman

Team: Minnesota Twins
Age / DOB:  (31) / 4/19/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 233
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Joe Mauer (oblique) is scheduled to begin taking batting practice on the field on Wednesday.
He'll hit in the cages on Monday before progressing to the field two days after that. Mauer has been swinging a bat for a week now and hasn't had any setbacks, so he's getting close. He'll presumably have to go out on a rehab assignment before being activated. Jul 27 - 11:43 AM

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Joe Mauer (oblique) hit in the batting cage on Thursday.

The next step is taking live batting practice, though that hasn't been scheduled yet. Mauer has been swinging a bat for a few days now and hasn't had any setbacks, which is obviously a good sign. A return sometime next week would seem to be doable.
Jul 24 - 8:14 PM

Joe Mauer (oblique) has progressed to hitting off a tee.

It's a nice step after he took dry swings over the weekend, but a clear timetable for his return won't be known until he faces live pitching. Mauer, who will next take soft-tosses in the cage, has been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
Jul 22 - 7:58 PM

Joe Mauer (oblique) took some dry swings on Sunday.

They came after the first baseman played soft-toss and fielded a few ground balls on Saturday. It's obviously a great sign that Mauer is ready to swing a bat again, and he should progress to hitting in the cage and then taking batting practice if all goes well. He's been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
Jul 20 - 2:06 PM

Joe Mauer (oblique) went through a light workout Saturday, playing soft-toss and fielding a few ground balls, including a handful while on his knees.

It's a small step, but a step nonetheless. "At least he’s [doing] baseball activity," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Saturday. "Let’s wait and see what he comes in feeling like tomorrow. Maybe he’ll be able to swing pretty soon." Manager Ron Gardenhire seemed more pessimistic, saying that Mauer "still feels it" while coughing and sneezing, "so he’s obviously not ready to take swings." Mauer has been out since early July with a strained right oblique.
Jul 20 - 10:20 AM

Joe Mauer (oblique) is not expected to be ready to return immediately after the All-Star break.

It's no surprise, as he'll only been two weeks removed from a strained right oblique at that time. There's no timetable for Mauer's return, but typically oblique strains keep players sidelined for 3-4 weeks.
Jul 10 - 7:58 PM

Twins placed 1B Joe Mauer on the 15-day disabled list with a strained right oblique.

Mauer suffered the injury on a two-RBI double in Tuesday's win over the Royals. He'll be eligible to return immediately after the All-Star break, though it's not clear at this time whether he'll be ready to return then. Chris Colabello has taken Mauer's spot on the roster.
Jul 2 - 10:57 AM

Joe Mauer left Tuesday's game against the Royals with a right oblique strain.

Mauer had an RBI double in one of his three plate appearances before exiting, extending his hitting streak to 12 games. The Twins will re-evaluate him on Wednesday, but it's obviously an injury that requires a disabled list stint most of the time.
Jul 1 - 10:06 PM

Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with two doubles and three RBI against the Angels on Thursday.

The first double just missed being a homer, but since it also just missed being an out, as it went off Mike Trout's glove, he can't really complain. It was the second double in the ninth that drove in all of the runs. Mauer is 12-for-29 with nine RBI in his last seven games. He doesn't have a homer in that span, but he's twice had very close calls.
Jun 26 - 7:06 PM

Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with two RBI as the Twins beat the White Sox 6-5 on Sunday.

Mauer twice came through with RBI singles, his third two-RBI game in his last four. Mauer had just 15 RBI through his first 62 games, but he's had seven in the last week. His line is still a forgettable .261/.334/.338, but he's at least showing some signs of life.
Jun 22 - 7:44 PM

Joe Mauer hit a go-ahead two-run double in Saturday's 4-3 win over the White Sox.

Mauer just missed a three-run homer on the play, but he'll gladly take the double. The 31-year-old has driven in four runs over the past three games after collecting just three RBI over his previous 31 games. Fantasy owners will have to hope that he's finally on the right track.
Jun 21 - 5:30 PM

Joe Mauer went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and an RBI double as the Twins defeated the White Sox 4-2 on Thursday.

In one night, Mauer equaled his RBI total between May 24 and June 18. His eighth-inning double broke a 2-2 tie and would prove to be the game-winning run. The catcher-turned-first baseman has had a bad year at the plate overall, slashing .254/.332/.328 with 16 RBI.
Jun 20 - 1:14 AM

Joe Mauer went 3-for-5 with a run scored Monday against the Brewers.

Mauer had a single and two doubles. It was his first multi-hit game since May 23. While we'll take this as progress, he has uncharacteristically struck out twice in three consecutive games.
Jun 2 - 10:58 PM

Joe Mauer went 2-for-5 with his first triple of the season Friday versus the Giants.

It was his first triple since 2012, when he had four of them. It was also just his seventh extra-base hit of 2014. The Twins don't necessarily need more power from him if he goes back to hitting his usual .320 with a .400 OBP, but he hasn't done that either this year.
May 24 - 1:13 AM

Joe Mauer looked as if he didn't miss a beat in his return to the Twins lineup on Saturday, going 1-for-3 plus a walk in a losing effort against the Tigers.

Mauer had been sidelined since Sunday due to lower back spasms, but he appears to now be over the issue. While he served as the DH in this one, look for him to return to the field on Sunday.
May 10 - 4:02 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Kurt Suzuki
2Eric Fryer
1B1Joe Mauer
2Chris Colabello
2B1Brian Dozier
SS1Danny Santana
2Eduardo Escobar
3Jorge Polanco
3B1Trevor Plouffe
2Eduardo Nunez
LF1Josh Willingham
CF1Sam Fuld
RF1Oswaldo Arcia
2Chris Parmelee
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Ricky Nolasco
2Phil Hughes
3Kevin Correia
4Kyle Gibson
5Yohan Pino
6Mike Pelfrey
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Glen Perkins
2Jared Burton
3Casey Fien
4Brian Duensing
5Anthony Swarzak
6Caleb Thielbar
7Ryan Pressly
8Samuel Deduno