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Joe Mauer knows there are techniques catchers can use to protect themselves better in the event of a collision at home plate.

Elizabeth Flores, Star Tribune

Twins won't tell Mauer to avoid blocking the plate

  • February 21, 2012 - 8:24 AM

FORT MYERS, FLA. - The San Francisco Giants have told prized catcher Buster Posey that he no longer needs to try to block the plate when opponents are trying to score. Posey was lost for the season last May 25 when he suffered three torn ankle ligaments and a broken lower leg in a collision with Florida's Scott Cousins.

The Twins have a prized catcher in Joe Mauer who is coming off of an injury-plagued season. Have they thought about taking the same approach with him?

Nope.

"There's a certain way to take a guy out,'' Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said. "There's a certain way not to go after a guy. I think if you're going to be a catcher, you have to be prepared to have a collision. It's unfortunate what happened to Posey; no one wants to see that happen to anybody. But I think being a catcher, that's part of the business."

Both Mauer and former Twins catcher Terry Steinbach have pointed out that there are techniques catchers can use to protect themselves better in the event of a collision.

Posey did not use those techniques. And the debate continues.

"We certainly touched on it at the GM meetings,'' Ryan said. "It's a subject that's been exhausted, and there are a lot of people who have strong opinions about that, and some people in that room are catchers -- ex-major league catchers, particularly Joe Torre. He was in there, and the opinions were vented.''

Etc.

• The Twins have scheduled a B game with Boston at 1 p.m. March 1. Both teams have at least 33 pitchers in camp this spring, so it gives them an opportunity to evaluate their staffs.

• The Twins might schedule an intrasquad game for Feb. 29 or March 2.

• Infielder Brian Dozier has a cut on his left thumb but took batting practice on Monday and should be fine.

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