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Mauer downplays lubricating shots for his left knee





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FORT MYERS, Fla. – Twins catcher Joe Mauer downplayed the lubricating shots that he’s receiving in his surgically repaired left knee, saying Wednesday morning that they are “not really that big of a deal.”

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire revealed Tuesday that Mauer had received a shot of medication to help lubricate his left knee joint and general manager Bill Smith confirmed the news that Mauer had gotten a shot after Tuesday’s workout.

“I was surprised that it was out there,” Mauer said as he spoke with reporters before Wednesday’s first full squad workout. “Usually a lot of these things happen and you never know about it. But nothing set me back or anything like that. It was part of the plan, and [I’m] just working my way back.”

Tuesday’s shot was the first of a series of around 3 or 4 shots that he will receive in his left knee, Mauer said. The shots will occur once a week and Mauer stressed that they were a planned part of his treatment following minor surgery that he had on his knee in mid-December.

“It’s not that I need it,” Mauer said of the shots. “It’s more of a preventative thing just to make sure I’m good to go for the season. So like I said it’s really not that big of a deal and I kind of wish it wasn’t out there but here we are.”

Mauer will take things easy during Wednesday’s workout  and possibly Thursday as he lets the shot take effect. He has been taking part in the daily workouts since pitchers and catchers reported last Thursday, although Mauer has yet to catch a bullpen session this spring. Gardenhire reiterated Tuesday that the Twins plan to keep Mauer’s workload light throughout the spring to help ensure that he’s healthy for the regular season.

Mauer said the decision to have the shots was made shortly after he had the surgery on his left knee. The knee is the same one that Mauer had surgery on in 2004, his rookie season, when he had a torn medial meniscus repaired.

`We talked about it a little bit as a possibility,” Mauer said of the shots. “It’s pretty common. A lot of athletes have them. I guess being a catcher and all that stuff, it might sound a lot worse than what it is.’

Going for the Sweep: Twins vs. Indians 4/22

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer is getting only his second day off of the season as the Twins go for the sweep of the Indians on Thursday afternoon.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said that he spoke with Mauer this morning and the catcher was feeling a little sore. So he decided it was a good time to give Mauer a rest. Drew Butera will make his second Major League start behind the plate.

J.J. Hardy is also getting a rest for the first time. Hardy said he could play despite having a little soreness in his knee, but Gardenhire felt it was an opportunity to give Alexi Casilla his first start of the season. Jim Thome is also in at DH, while Jason Kubel shifts to left field.

Pat Neshek threw in the bullpen and his sore right middle finger felt great. He’ll be available in an emergency today but he’ll truly be ready out of the ‘pen tomorrow.


Asdrubal Cabrera, SS
Grady Sizemore, CF
Shin-Soo Choo, RF
Travis Hafner, DH
Matt LaPorta, LF
Russell Branyon, 1B
Andy Marte, 3B
Luis Valbuena, 2B
Lou Marson, C
Pitching: RHP Mitch Talbot (1-1, 3.21 ERA)


Denard Span, CF
Hudson, 2B
Jason Kubel, LF
Justin Morneau, 1B
Michael Cuddyer,
Jim Thome, DH
Brendan Harris, 3B
Drew Butera, C
Alexi Casilla, SS
Pitching: RHP Scott Baker (2-1, 3.38 ERA)

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Twins at Rays 3/25

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

PORT CHARLOTTE, Fla. — Joe Mauer was packing up this stuff in the clubhouse this morning for his first roadtrip of the spring. Actually it’s his first bus trip in spring since 2008 since he missed all of last spring. One reporter asked if he needed any help in remembering how to take bus trips. He laughed and said he knew where the bus was. His hope was just that he didn’t forget  to pack anything.

Ron Mahay was in the clubhouse this morning after arriving in Fort Myers, Fla. last night. He seemed happy to be back with the Twins and he said he’ll throw a bullpen today.

As for the injury updates:

Left-hander Jose Mijares said his bruised right hand was doing fine today after he took a liner off his glove during a Minor League outing on Wednesday. He said he’ll pitch Thursday.

Glen Perkins’ strained lower back is feeling much better, he said, and he is planning to play catch today.

Twins (11-8)

Denard Span, CF

Orlando Hudson, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Justin Morneau, 1B
Jason Kubel, DH
Delmon Young, LF
Jacque Jones, RF
J.J. Hardy, SS
Nick Punto, 3B
Pitching: LHP Francisco Liriano

Others scheduled to pitch: Brian Duensing, Kyle Waldrop

Rays (14-7)
Jason Bartlett, SS

Carl Crawford, LF
Ben Zobrist, 2B

Carlos Pena, 1B
B.J. Upton, CF

Pat Burrell, RF
Gabe Kapler, DH
Sean Rodriguez, 3B
Nevin Ashley, C

Pitching: LHP David Price

Others scheduled to pitch: Winston Abreu, Lance Cormier, Heath Phillips

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Twins sign Joe Mauer to a eight-year, $184 million contract

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

FORT MYERS, Fla. — The Twins have locked up their hometown star for the long-term.

The club has agreed to terms with catcher Joe Mauer on an eight-year, $184 million contract, covering the 2011-2018 seasons. The deal includes a full-no trade clause.

A press conference will be held to announce the deal on Monday night at 7:00 p.m. ET at the Twins Conference Center at the Lee County Sports Complex.

Both Mauer and the Twins have agreed not to comment further on the deal until the press conference on Monday evening.

Mauer, 26, was named the 2009 American League MVP after batting .365 with 28 home runs and 96 RBIs. He is a three-time All-Star and a two-time Gold Glove winner in six seasons with the Twins. The catcher is also one of only 10 players in Major League history to win three-or more batting titles.

A native of St. Paul, Mauer was drafted as the No. 1 overall pick in the 2001 First-Year Player Draft. He has a career batting average of .327. Since making his Major League in 2004, Mauer ranks third among all Major League players in batting behind Ichiro Suzuki of the Mariners (.335) and Albert Pujols of the Cardinals (.334).

Twins vs. Orioles 3/16

By: Kelly Thesier/MLB.com

After a few days off, Joe Mauer returns to the Twins lineup today. Mauer had been battling a sore right shoulder after taking a foul tip off it in Thursday’s game against the Orioles. Mauer said that his shoulder was feeling better in recent days but the Twins didn’t want to push it and didn’t want him to make any extra long roadtrips like Monday’s trek across the state to Jupiter, Fla..

Justin Morneau is being given another day off as is Jim Thome. Manager Ron Gardenhire said Sunday that both players were dealing with some “general soreness” after taking a long bus trip to Clearwater. Gardenhire really does seem intent on not pushing anything this spring and giving his players plenty of rest.

I spoke with Nick Blackburn this morning who gave me an update on his knee. He said it felt better while playing catch today and doesn’t expect it to be much of an issue. I’ll have an updated story on the site a little later.

Orioles (4-8)
Robert Andino, SS

Justin Turner, 2B

Nolan Reimold, DH
Luke Scott, LF

Lou Montanez, RF
Scott Moore, 1B

Josh Bell, 3B

Chad Moeller, C
Jeff Salazar, CF

Pitching: RHP David Hernandez

Others scheduled to pitch: Koji Uehara, Dennis Sarfate

Twins (5-6)

Ben Revere, CF

Orlando Hudson, 2B
Joe Mauer, C
Michael Cuddyer, 1B
Jason Kubel, DH

Brendan Harris, SS
Danny Valencia, 3B
Jacque Jones, LF
Juan Portes, RF
Pitching: RHP Scott Baker

Others scheduled to pitch: Mike Maroth, Clay Condrey, Jesse Crain, Pat Neshek, Jose Mijares

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Rain, Rain go away

The tarp has been on the field for most of the morning and it’s still on as of 12:30 p.m. ET, with the rain continuing to come down.

Today’s game against the Cardinals is sold out and is being televised in the Twin Cities. So the best guess is that they’ll try to wait out the rain…although it’s unclear just when they might get started.

Joe Mauer spoke with us for a short time this morning. There wasn’t much of an update oon his progress except that he’s feeling the best he has all spring. I’ll have more on that later.

As we wait for a start time, here are the lineups..

Update: The first pitch is scheduled for 3 p.m. ET and there have been a few lineup changes for the Twins as noted below. Just some changes since the players had to sit around for a few extra hours and the field is likely still a little wet.

Update 2: Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said after the game that as we thought, he decided to give Joe Crede and Justin Morneau the day off due to the long rain delay.

“I’m just not going to mess with it,” Gardenhire said. “There is no sense in doing that with both of those guys…We’ve got some games left and they are playing a bunch anyway.”

Carlos Gomez, CF
Alexi Casilla, 2B
Joe Crede, 3B Brendan Harris, 3B
Justin Morneau, 1B Brian Buscher, 1B
Jason Kubel, DH
Michael Cuddyer, RF
Delmon Young, LF
Mike Redmond, C
Nick Punto, SS
Pitching: Kevin Slowey, RHP

Joe Mather, DH
Rick Ankiel, CF
Albert Pujols, 1B
Ryan Ludwick, RF
Khalil Green, SS
Chris Duncan, LF
Yadier Molina, C
David Freese, 3B
Skip Shumaker, 2B
Pitching: Chris Carpenter, RHP