Tag:Jose Mihares
Posted on: May 27, 2011 10:41 pm

Mauer, Nishioka making steps toward return

By C. Trent Rosecrans

Tsuyoshi NishiokaThe reinforcements are coming for the Twins, as both Tsuyoshi Nishioka and Joe Mauer are closer to returns, MLB.com reports.

Nishioka, who suffered a broken left fibula on April 7, is expected to play five innings at shortstop on Saturday in extended spring training.

"They did another X-ray and everything looked great, so he got the OK to go," Twins trainer Dave Pruemer said. "He's fired up and has been doing a lot of drills at shortstop."

The Twins say they'd like him to get at least 50 at-bats in the minors.

Mauer is already playing at extended spring training. He served as the team's designated hitter on Friday.

Left-hander Jose Mijares is scheduled to pitch at Class A Fort Myers on Friday and Saturday.

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