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Mauer reports he's feeling healthy, 'great'

Posted on: January 28, 2012 4:36 pm
 


By Matt Snyder


While it wasn't even close to Adam Dunn bad, Twins catcher Joe Mauer had a season to forget in 2011. He suffered setbacks in his recovery from offseason knee surgery and was said to have "bilateral leg weakness" for much of the early part of the season. He only played in 82 games and wasn't the type of offensive presence we've grown accustomed to seeing when he was on the field.

After a nearly complete offseason of working out, Mauer sounds like he believes he's in line for a good 2012 season.

"The knee's been feeling great," Mauer said during a TwinsFest appearance (MLB.com). "The last year and a half, just trying to compensate for that kind of took a toll on my whole body. I don't think it's going to be an issue. I'm feeling good, so I'm excited. This is the best I've felt in a long time. I'm excited about that."

More, from MLB.com:

"This point last year, for me it's been night and day physically for how I feel," Mauer said. "I really was just kind of doing rehab stuff with the knee. I don't think I grabbed a bat until, I don't even know, later. I feel good. I'm excited to get out there on the field and move around. Things are a lot better for me physically than they were last year."

Look, the stories about guys who are in the "best shape" of their lives heading into spring training are seen every year. It's nothing new and I fully expect to see many more as we get into February. But with some players it's legitimate to check in on their status. Mauer obviously had a series of bad circumstances mar his 2011 season. If he's taken steps forward with a better offseason conditioning regimen while also feeling completely healthy, there's every reason to take him seriously as a huge bounce-back candidate.

Mauer, 28, hit just .287/.360/.368 last season with three homers and 15 doubles in 82 games. He only started 47 games behind the plate. The 2009 AL MVP brought a career line of .327/.407/.481 into the season. Considering he is set to make $23 million per season through 2018, how he plays this season is going to be one of the most important storylines in all of baseball, let alone for the Twins.

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Comments

Since: Jan 7, 2012
Posted on: January 29, 2012 6:53 pm
 

Mauer reports he's feeling healthy, 'great'

Mauer has always been able to get good wood on the ball but was really missing his power last year after returning from the injuries. I hope he gets his legs back and bounces a few off the wall and hits a few over the fences. He should be a good value in fantasy as most remember last years performance. He will only cost me a 8th or 9th round draft pick not 20 million a year so he's worth a roll o the dice. 




Since: Oct 8, 2011
Posted on: January 29, 2012 2:41 am
 

Mauer reports he's feeling healthy, 'great'

Yankee whateber yo name is have you forgot about Arods contract.  Hands down the worst. But hey you can afford it.  Just like the Angels will be able to afford Over paying Pujols, and the Tigers overpaying Fielder.  The twins and Tigers will eat these  contracts for awhile if Mauer and Fielder cant live up to it.  But the Angels and yankees can with there lucrative TV deals.  I see you calling out the Bosox like your any better.  THis is why i hate not having a salary cap.  Thin having to listen to these unknowledable smucks talk trash like there the GMS...  Brian Cashman wouldnt survive in Oaktown or KC, Cleavland, Toronto,  Tampa, Cinccy, and niether would you sH*tty Slicker



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:51 pm
 

Mauer reports he's feeling healthy, 'great'

Actually, let me add to my comment:

John Lackey's is the worst in baseball.



Since: Feb 8, 2008
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:50 pm
 

Mauer reports he's feeling healthy, 'great'

Carl Crawford's is up there too.



Since: Nov 1, 2006
Posted on: January 28, 2012 5:05 pm
 

Mauer reports he's feeling healthy, 'great'

The worst contract in baseball


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