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Mauer works out at first base

Posted on: June 27, 2011 5:10 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 6:27 pm
By C. Trent Rosecrans

Joe MauerTwins catcher Joe Mauer has played in just 18 games so far this season, heating up the debate of whether he needs to move out from behind the plate and to another position in order to prolong his career and maximize his value to the Twins, who have him signed through 2018.

Manager Ron Gardenhire has repeatedly said the team had no plans on moving  Mauer from catcher. Those plans may have changed.

With Justin Morneau out until August with a neck injury, Mauer took grounders at first base before Monday's game against the Dodgers, the Minneapolis Star Tribune's La Velle E. Neal III reports. Mauer is in the lineup tonight, but catching. 

Before the game, Mauer said learning a new position won't be "an overnight thing," but he is hoping to play first soon.

"I'm going to do everything I can to get ready as quick as I can," Mauer told Kelsie Smith of the St. Paul Pioneer Press (via Twitter). 

Mauer has never played a position other than catcher or designated hitter since coming to the big leagues in 2004. Mauer went on the disabled list in April with what the team called "bilateral leg weakness," a condition that it seems wouldn't be helped by the physical demands of catching. Since returning to the Twins on June 17, Mauer is hitting just .161/.188/.194 without a home run.

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Posted on: October 19, 2011 2:30 pm

Mauer works out at first base

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Since: Nov 14, 2008
Posted on: June 27, 2011 8:27 pm

Mauer works out at first base

Twins still have a good chance to win the division and play their usual role in the playoffs: batting practice for the Yankees.

Since: Jun 5, 2011
Posted on: June 27, 2011 7:30 pm

Mauer works out at first base

Too bad.  It sounds like Mauer has one of those mysterious mitochondrial disorders that falls somewhere between fibromyalgia and the mitochonrdrial disease suffered by ex-Tampa Bay Rays star Rocco Baldelli.  When the mitochondria can no longer supply energy to the muscle fibers, it becomes a huge problem for a professional athlete.  I hope whatever it is "goes away," but this doesn't sound good at all.

Since: Jan 19, 2007
Posted on: June 27, 2011 6:51 pm

Mauer works out at first base

This is an example of someone getting paid and then sitting on their wallett at the buffet table.The problem i have with JOE MAUER is that after getting paid he should of came into camp in the best shape of his life! Maybe shed some of that baby fat and come in at 215 pounds instead of 235,20lbs is nothing to get rid of but NO, JOE goes out and does commercials for KEMPS ice creamand Kemps milk and ice cream cones, every time i turned on the TV there he was with his MOM.Maybe after this year when the TWINS limp to a 4th place finish in the division all those guys will get together over the off season and work out together and come to camp WITH the pitchers and other catchers and get in the best shape of their lives,and i dont just mean JOE,I mean all of them,KUBEL,MOURNUE,SPAN,D.YOUNG,VALENCIA,get in shape for a title run and go from worst to first like the 1987 and 1991 teams did.

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