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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