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Mauer not ready to come off DL

Posted on: April 26, 2011 5:19 pm
By Matt Snyder

Joe Mauer has been on the disabled list for almost the full 15 days, as he's eligible to come off and rejoin the Twins Thursday. It's just that he's not ready. (Star Tribune )

Mauer, 28, was originally placed on the disabled list retroactive to April 12 with what was called bilateral leg weakness. Just a few days later, however, it was discovered that he had a viral infection that could have also contributed to the severe weakness Mauer was feeling.

Reportedly, Mauer was set back a week in his recovery time due to the viral infection, so now he's just trying to rebuild the strength in his legs. He appears likely to go on a minor-league rehab assignment before getting back into the Twins' starting lineup.

The star catcher was the AL MVP in 2009, when he hit .365 with a .444 on-base percentage and 30 doubles, 28 home runs, 96 RBI, 94 runs and a Gold Glove in 2009. Last season, he regressed in power, but that was about it. He hit .327 with a .402 OBP, 43 doubles, nine home runs, 75 RBI, 88 runs and another Gold Glove.

Mauer is presently in the first year of an eight-year, $184 million contract with his hometown club.

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Since: Sep 13, 2006
Posted on: April 27, 2011 7:45 am

Mauer not ready to come off DL

Joe is never going to be an everyday catcher.  His stature (6-5) makes him an unlikely candidate for such a task and the Twins realize it.  The problem is Joe likes being the catcher and has resisted all efforts to be moved.  Until he is moved to a more relevant position for his health, he will have knee and back problems.  I have both and they affect you in so many ways.  You can't drive the ball with a sore back and weak legs thus you become a tall imitation of a Japanese slap hitter.

The best scenario would be for him to accept a change to 3rd base and move Danny Valencia to SS.  You could still give him days off and move Valencia over for the day and insert Casilla.  Before this happens however you must find a steady everyday catcher.  So, none of this is likely thi syear however it needs to be plotted out and planned for 2012.

I believe if his legs get the proper rest he is a 20 HR 100 RBI man.  Otherwise you will see him maybe 100 games a year and he'll slap hit his way to a .300, 8 HRs and 65 RBIs.  You need .300, 30, 110 for him to be worth that humungous salary.

Since: Apr 26, 2011
Posted on: April 26, 2011 6:51 pm

Mauer not ready to come off DL

Key statement is "First year of an eight-year $184 million contract". You could bet if it was the last year of his contract instead of the first there would be no minor league rehab and he'd be chomping at the bit to get back on the field.

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