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Mauer to make debut at 1B soon

Posted on: July 3, 2011 11:11 am
Edited on: July 3, 2011 11:19 am
Joe Mauer

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Joe Mauer's debut at first base is coming any day now, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

Mauer's been taking ground balls and making throws from first base, but is at the point where he needs to play games there to really learn the position, he told the newspaper.

Mauer nearly played first in Saturday's loss to the Brewers to give Luke Hughes' sore knee a rest, but Hughes felt good enough to play, allowing Mauer to DH. He is expected to catch in Sunday's series finale against Milwaukee. The Twins start a series against the Rays on Monday afternoon and that could be the first time Mauer starts at first.

"He's going to get out there [at first base] pretty soon," Gardenhire said, according to the newspaper. "I think he's pretty much ready to go out there, any time we say let's go do it."

Mauer has improved his averaged from .186 to .241 after a seven-game hitting streak, including single in four at-bats on Saturday. Overall, he's hitting .241/.289/.289 and still looking for his first home run of the season.

Mauer went on the disabled list in mid-April after suffering from bilateral leg weakness before returning June 17. Mauer managed just three hits in his first seven games back, before starting his current hitting streak.

"The leg that I've had problems with is my back leg," Mauer said. "So that's kind of what I was having a tough time doing is staying back on my back leg, driving the ball. So it's getting better, and I'm feeling better at the plate."

The Twins are hoping he'll feel better more often if he's not behind the plate. 

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:56 am

Mauer to make debut at 1B soon

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Since: Jun 15, 2011
Posted on: July 3, 2011 4:09 pm

Mauer to make debut at 1B soon

Playing the catcher position is tough, really takes a toll on your knees. Itd be tough to see him play any other postion cause he was amazing as a catcher and thats what made him Maur, but i wish him luck at 1st, he'll still do great

Since: Jun 29, 2009
Posted on: July 3, 2011 12:17 pm

Mauer to make debut at 1B soon

I really hope this is just a way to get Mauer healthy while keeping him in the lineup without having to use him as a DH.  What happens when Morneau and Kubel come back? Who on earth is out starting catcher? Sure, Butera is a fine defensive catcher but his bat is just an awful liability.  If Mauer stays at first, Morneau is used as the DH (which would be a same cuz he's a great defender) and Kubel returns that leaves 5 capable outfielders for 3 spots.  Which of these 5 would YOU like to see in the lineup everyday for the Twins Jason Kubel, Denard Span, Delmon Young, Michael Cuddyer and Ben Revere?!? 

And for the love of GOD twins front office DO NOT, DO NOT trade 2 of them for crappy pitchers or a glut of "young arms".  I fear the absolute worst in that you'll deal Kubel and Young and that would be a monumental mistake.  Trust your drafting and the system we have plenty of arms on the way.    

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