Joe Mauer: Perfect Timing

The DL spot on my rosters have been filled long enough. After bi-weekly cycling of Jonathan Lucroy and Miguel Montero, I can finally seek offensive security in the catcher position as Joe Mauer finally returns from his stint on the 60 day disabled list. For the Minnesota Twins, his return is equally timely as they head into week 11 winning 9 of their last 11 games, getting two decisive victories over the AL West-leading Rangers on Saturday at Target Field, and a 6-1 win last night as Francisco Liriano flirted with a no-no.

Mauer caught games for Class A Fort Myers on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Sunday, when he went 1-for-4 with a double and spent seven innings behind the plate.

He is scheduled to catch again Monday, then either serve as designated hitter or catch again Tuesday. On Wednesday, Mauer will bat in a simulated game against Joe Nathan, who is on the DL because of a strained right flexor muscle. If this  all goes well and Mauer feels healthy enough, he could be activated in time for the Twins’ Thursday afternoon game against the White Sox.


Mauer was 8-for-34 with no homers and four RBI before landing on the disabled list in the middle of April with bilateral leg weakness. Im not expecting many power numbers from Joe, but he’s sure to balance out your HIT and AVG categories for the rest of the season. He’s not going to save Minnesota’s season  (they’re 26-39 and fifth in the AL Central) all on his own, but he’ll certainly improve the club’s chances of pulling off a major comeback. Look for the former MVP’s return to also boost the stats of the hitters surrounding him in the lineup. (Kubel, Morneau, Cuddyer)


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