Could Mauer return during the Rays series this week?

Catcher Joe Mauer spoke with manager Ron Gardenhire after catching seven innings for Class A Fort Myers and told the skipper to  “keep an open mind” about possibly activating him from the disabled list before his expected return date of May 1.

Mauer is scheduled to catch nine innings for Fort Myers on Monday night and Gardenhire said the club will decide after the game whether Mauer might return to the club as soon as Tuesday. Mauer already. So it sounds like that if everything keeps going well for Mauer, his return could come during that series against the Rays instead of waiting until Friday, as was expected.

Tonight, Mauer will catch around seven innings again for Fort Myers and he’s scheduled to DH in Sunday’s game.

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