Twins catcher Joe Mauer was scheduled to see a specialist in Baltimore on Saturday regarding his lower back, but as of late afternoon Twins GM Bill Smith had not gotten any updates concerning the exam.
Smith said that Mauer was due to fly back to Fort Myers on Saturday night. So the expectation is that the club will get updated by sometime on Sunday at the very latest.
The catcher was diagnosed with inflammation in the right sacroiliac
joint — where the base of the spine meets the top of the pelvis — by
Twins doctors following a magnetic resonance arthrogram this week. He’s been unable to take part in any team workouts so far this spring due to pain in his lower back, which he first started experiencing late last season.
The team doesn’t believe that this pain is related to the Dec. 22 surgery that Mauer had to eliminate a kidney obstruction. In fact, the doctors discovered the kidney obstruction while trying to determine what was causing Mauer’s back pain. While the surgery eliminated some of Mauer’s discomfort, there is still pain near that joint that has lingered and affects Mauer whenever he tries to run.
Smith was asked on Saturday if he was getting nervous about the situation.
“Long term? No.” Smith said. “No one has given me any reason to be and I hope they never do.”