Mauer is out of the lineup against the Tigers on Wednesday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Mauer will retreat to the bench in favor of Tyler Austin at first base for the series finale. Over his past seven games, Mauer is 10-for-27 (.370 average) with six RBI. Look for him to return to the lineup Friday in Oakland.
Mauer is not starting Sunday against the Royals. Mauer will get a rest for the second time in four games. Tyler Austin will start at first base in his absence.
Mauer is out of the lineup against Kansas City on Thursday, LaVelle E. Neal of the Star Tribune reports. Mauer will get a breather after going 2-for-4 during Wednesday's victory over the Yankees. In his place, Tyler Austin will man first base and bat eighth.
Mauer is considering retirement at the end of the season, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. "There's a lot of different dynamics that go into it. I owe it to myself and my family to sit down and think about those things," he said. Mauer is in the final season of an eight-year, $184 million contract. Mauer and his agent haven't talked to the Twins about a contract for next season. He's still getting on base enough (.345 OBP) for the Twins to sign him to a short-term deal for next season, but it's possible Mauer may chose to retire at age 35 rather than face the prospect of signing with another team.
Mauer went 2-for-4 with a walk, a grand slam and two runs scored in Tuesday's win over the Yankees. Mauer got his sixth home run of the year by way of a grand slam off reliever Tommy Kahnle in the fifth inning as the Twins put up 10 runs against the Yankees. Mauer had gone 1-for-18 over his last six games prior to Tuesday's contest, and the two-hit night brings his slash line to .272/.343/.374 on the year. Although the veteran is currently posting the lowest OPS of his career (.717), he's still able to produce in flashes due to his ability to get on base and put the ball in play.
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