Tag:Joe Mauer
Posted on: October 28, 2010 8:14 pm

No surgery for Mauer

The knee injury that hobbled Minnesota catcher Joe Mauer late in the season will not require surgery, Twins general manager Bill Smith confirmed in an email to Kelly Thesier of MLB.com.

Mauer missed nine games in late September after appearing to tweak his knee running out a ground ball. He returned in time for the postseason and went 3-for-12 as the Twins were swept by the Yankees. Mauer batted .327 during the regular season.

-- David Andriesen

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Category: MLB
Tags: Joe Mauer, Twins
Posted on: September 29, 2010 10:52 pm
Edited on: September 30, 2010 4:46 pm

Morneau to work out with Twins

Justin Morneau Twins manager Ron Gardenhire warns not to read too much into the fact Justin Morneau will work out with the team on Thursday, but it does have to be a positive sign.

"He's going to work with us not he field and take some ground balls and hit some BP, and there's no sense in going any farther than that," Gardenhire told reporters, including the St. Paul Pioneer Press ' Kelsie Smith . "People want to know [when he'll be back]. We want to know, too. But let's let him work out.

"Does it make a difference if he's with us? That's an obvious. Goodness gracious, if you had a Justin Morneau in your lineup, that'd be wonderful. BUt he hasn't played in 2 1/2 months and all of a sudden he's going to make the playoff roster and play? You're jumping the gun."

Morneau hasn't played since suffering a concussion on July 7. He is expected to take batting practice and field ground balls before Thursday's game against Toronto at Target Field. The Twins return from Kansas City tonight.

The Twins could certainly use a healthy Morneau in the playoffs, but at this point, it seems tough to expect him to be in MVP form after not playing for nearly three months. Gardenhire said Morneau still has "a long way to go."

However, the Twins should be applauded for taking every precaution with Morneau and his injury, especially since it isn't his first concussion, and so much is still unknown about the effects of concussions.

The Twins also expect to get Joe Mauer back in the lineup on Thursday. He worked out with the team and expects to serve as the team's designated hitter against the Blue Jays, MLB.com's Robert Falkoff writes .

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 21, 2010 9:25 am

Mauer to get an MRI today

Joe Mauer The Twins will no doubt be holding their collective breath today as catcher Joe Mauer gets an MRI on his balky left knee today.

"He was a little sore [Monday], which was expected, but still no swelling," manager Ron Gardenhire told the Star Tribune 's Joe Christensen . "I think he's going to get an MRI, and we'll see what they say. [Team doctors] don't expect anything, but we're going to get checked out."

Mauer had surgery as a rookie to remove torn meniscus from the same knee.

He left Sunday's game in the sixth inning, but didn't take batting practice on Monday.

The Twins, already without Justin Morneau, would be hobbled in the postseason without their pair of former MVPs. Mauer is hitting .331/.407/.473 with nine home runs and 74 RBI. Morneau hasn't played since suffering a concussion on July 7.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 20, 2010 9:46 am

Twins' health an issue for postseason

Joe Mauer The Twins may have the American League Central wrapped up, but will they have enough to get past the first round?

The Twins are limping into the playoffs and that now includes their most important player, Joe Mauer.

Mauer left Sunday's game when he felt something in his left knee while running to first base in the sixth inning. It's the same knee he had surgery on in 2004.

The team has called it a "jammed knee."

"[The doctor] said to give it a couple days," Mauer told the Star Tribune 's La Velle E. Neal III . "That's what we are doing."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wasn't too concerned.

"Doctors checked him out and said it's one of these day-to-day things," Gardenhire said. "Not a big deal, at least that's what they're telling me today. There's no fluid in there, just maybe a little inflammation. So we'll see how we go day to day with him."

The Twins have been without former MVP Justin Morneau due to a concussion suffered on July 7. The Twins still don't know when he'll return, general manager Bill Smith told CBSSports.com senior writer Scott Miller .

The team is also dealing with Denard Span's right shoulder and Jason Kubel's left wrist -- both players have been playing with those injuries, but they may have to determine whether home-field advantage is worth the health of players they'll need to use that advantage.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: September 10, 2010 9:47 pm

Cabrera becomes third AL player with 30 IBB

The designated hitter changes many things -- but no record seems to have a bigger split among leads than the one for intentional walks.

The Major League and National League record is 120 -- set by Barry Bonds in 2004. The American League record is nearly a fourth of that -- 33, done twice -- by John Olerud in 1993 and Ted Williams in 1957. It should be noted, of course, that this statistic wasn't kept until 1955, so Babe Ruth isn't on it (but he had some pretty decent protection in the Yankees lineup).

Miguel Cabrera On Friday, Detroit's Miguel Cabrera became just the fourth American League player to ever receive 30 intentional walks in a season. In addition to Olerud and Williams, George Brett was intentionally walked 30 times in 1985.

It's a different story in the National League, where Barry Bonds had nine different season with 30 or more free passes, and Pujols has three.

MLB.com's  Jason Beck had a good article on this today, with this great statistic -- entering Friday's game, one in every 14 intentional walks in the American League have been to Cabrera.

"Believe me, I don't care who hits behind Cabrera," White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen said told Beck. "I will walk him. We did it three times in Chicago [in mid-August]. We did it [Wednesday] night. We only failed once."

The fact the Tigers have had injuries and nobody near as fearsome as Cabrera in their lineup has led to the free passes. And that's why it worked for the Orioles on Friday.

After Austin Jackson tripled to lead off the seventh ina tie game, David Hernandez struck out Will Rhymes and got Johnny Damon to pop up before giving the free pass to Cabrera. Ryan Raburn then struck out to end the inning before the Orioles scored two in the eighth to take a lead.

"I try to impress upon him to just take it as the highest compliment you can get," Tigers manager Jim Leyland said.

So far this season, only one National League player, Albert Pujols, has more than 30 intentional walks. He's been given 34 free passes. Adrian Gonzalez is the only other NL player with more than 12, with 26. In the AL, Ichiro Suzuki and Joe Mauer are tied for second with 13 intentional passes.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 23, 2010 9:57 pm
Edited on: October 19, 2010 11:53 am

Rangers' no-hitter broken up in 9th

Rich Harden The Rangers' Rich Harden has a no-hitter through six innings against the Twins.

Harden has walked four and stuck out five.

However, it's taken him 94 pitches to get through six and Ron Washington had a reliever up and warming in the bullpen after a leadoff walk in the sixth. A double play and a long fly later, the Harden went back to the dugout, nine outs away from the season's sixth no-hitter.

This is Harden's first start off the disabled list with right shoulder tendinitis.

The Rangers lead 3-0.

UPDATE: After Joe Mauer flied out and Jason Kubel struck out, Harden walked Michael Cuddyer on four pitches. He threw 111 pitches and Ron Washington came out to talk to Harden before replacing him with lefty Matt Harrison to face Jim Thome. Harden had only thrown more than 111 pitches once this season.

UPDATE: Thome lined out to end the seventh. The last combined no-hitter in the big leagues was June 11, 2003, when Roy Oswalt left after one inning with an injury and was followed by Peter Munro (2 2/3 innings), Kirk Saarloos (1 1/3 innings), Brad Lidge (2 innings), Octavio Dotel (1 inning) and Billy Wagner (1 inning).

UPDATE: Darren O'Day retired three consecutive outs to set up Neftali Feliz to finish off the no-hitter.

UPDATE: Feliz is in. Denard Span pops up for the first out. Orlando Hudson walks. Joe Mauer singles up the middle on an 0-2 count to break up the no-hitter. Well played, Mauer.

UPDATE: The Rangers finish out the one-hitter and win, 4-0.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Posted on: August 18, 2010 10:16 pm
Edited on: August 19, 2010 12:00 am

Mauer hits first Target Field homer

Joe Mauer Who had Aug. 18 in the "Joe Mauer's first home run at Target Field" pool?

You'd need at least 63 entries for anyone to get it, because it wasn't until tonight -- the team's 63rd game at the new stadium -- that Mauer hit his first homer at his new home after 180 at-bats.

Mauer hit a solo homer off of Gavin Floyd in the fifht inning to pull the Twins to within a run of the White Sox, 5-4.

He did have a homer in an exhibition game at the stadium in April, but that doesn't count. Wednesday's homer was his eighth of the season. Mauer's hitting ??? this season. His OBP entering Wednesday's game was nearly identical at home and on the rod, but he was slugging .541 no the road, compared to .410 at home.

Mauer's not the only one -- the Twins have 77 homers on the road and 34 at home, although the slugging for the team isn't nearly as dramatic as Mauer's split. The Twins are slugging .444 on the road and .431 at home.

Mauer's on a tear, though. In the last 18 games entering Wednesday, he's hitting .493/.565/.710. Those numbers will be even better after the 19th game -- the homer was his third hit in as many at-bats in the game and he's a triple shy of the cycle.

It's doubtful Target Field sees another 62 games without a Mauer homer.

UPDATE: Mauer finished the game 4 for 5. He's now hitting .335/.407/.496 on the season. Not too shabby.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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Category: MLB
Tags: Joe Mauer, Twins
Posted on: August 17, 2010 2:04 pm
Edited on: August 17, 2010 2:18 pm

White Sox coach wants to see a fight

Juan Nieves So, feeling nostalgic for the good ol' days of the Reds-Cardinals series? Get ready for the three-game series between the White Sox and Twins starting tonight at Target Field.

The teams had a little run-in last week when Chicago's Carlos Quentin was hit twice and manager Ozzie Guillen took exception to the beanings.

It's not just Ozzie that's fired up, either. Here's what White Sox bullpen coach Juan Nieves had this to say Sunday on a Chicago radio show (via the Star Tribune ): "I've even thought of telling guys, 'hey [Matt] Thornton, smoke [Joe] Mauer, see if you can start a fight.' We're not afraid of anybody."

If Mauer gets hit in any of these three games, there could be some serious fireworks.

The Twins currently lead the White Sox by three games in the AL Central and Chicago is seven games back in the wild card.

-- C. Trent Rosecrans

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