Some interesting post game tidbits following the Twins' 7-5 victory over the Angels:
Joe Mauer could return to the Twins lineup by the end of the week.
Twins first baseman Joe Mauer on Monday will join Class AAA Rochester to begin a minor league rehabilitation assignment after having a stretch of workout days without any concussion symptoms.
Mauer will meet Rochester to play Tuesday and Wednesday during a series against Scranton-Wilkes Barre. Twins manger Paul Molitor said Mauer will be the designated hitter on Tuesday then play first base on Wednesday. If he gets through those games with no setbacks, Molitor indicated he would be ready to activate Mauer shortly thereafter.
"I'm hopeful," Molitor said. "We haven't checked all the boxes. One of them is including playing a nine inning game. Probably DH the first game and see if we can get him out there the next day."
Mauer, batting .283 with a home run 11 RBI and .404 on base percentage, has missed 22 games since landing on the DL because of a cervical strain. It was after that when Mauer began dealing with concussion symptoms. Recovering from those has taken longer than anticipated.
I wouldn't start inserting Mauer into fantasy lineups just yet. We all know he needs a few days longer to recover from injuries, and a concussion is nothing to take lightly. Let's see how he gets through the two games.
Royce Lewis injured his leg on Sunday
Royce Lewis, a shortstop at Class A Cedar Rapids and the Twins top prospect, left Sunday's game at Wisconsin after he was injured on the basepaths.
Lewis, the designated hitter on Sunday, flied out to left field in the first inning but took an awkward step while running to first base. Lewis was pulled from the game as a precaution and will be re-evaluated on Monday.
Wisconsin won the game 5-1. Lewis is batting .288 with 5 home runs and 32 RBI for the Kernels but is in a 7-for-40 slump.
I was unable to receive any more details. Not sure which leg it is, what type of exam he was put through. But, of course, it's concerning when someone takes an awkward step.
Hopefully, the only time Cap Anson makes this blog
Angels designated hitter Albert Pujols went 2-for-4 with 3 RBI on Sunday. He now has 1,954 career RBI, the sixth most all-time.
BaseballReference.com lists Pujols seventh because it recognizes the 195 RBI the Cap Anson had in five seasons while playing in the National Association before the National League began play in 1876. That gives Anson 2075 career RBI. If you don't count the National Association, then Pujols is sixth and Anson falls to 12th.
Leave it to someone who played for the Cubs 140 years ago to create confusion about a stat.