Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer

Jim Mone, Associated Press

The Twins' Joe Mauer had three hits and two RBI against the Brewers on Sunday, but bruised his leg in a play at the plate in the second inning and left the game until the seventh.

Jim Mone, Associated Press

Slide takes out Mauer; Capps sidelined

  • Article by: JASON GONZALEZ
  • Star Tribune
  • June 18, 2012 - 6:21 AM

A frustrated Joe Mauer pointed to where Rickie Weeks kneed him in the right leg nearly six hours earlier.

"It didn't feel very good," he said. "It's pretty stiff."

After winning a 5-4, 15-inning marathon against the Milwaukee Brewers, the Twins catcher had forgotten about the sore hamstring that kept him out of Saturday's lineup. Now it was a bruised right quad he was worried about.

"Obviously I was sort of prepared for a little collision," Mauer said, referring to a play at the plate in the second inning. "But he kind of darted in a little bit more than I thought. But coming in hard, that's part of the game."

Weeks was caught at home with the infield playing in with one out. Mauer thought he gave the Brewers' 220-pound second baseman sufficient room to slide into the plate, but he still was met with a high knee and was slow to return to his feet.

He remained in the game until the seventh inning and collected three hits and two RBI before manager Ron Gardenhire pulled the plug. The Twins said Mauer is day-to-day.

Mauer's pain was evident when he settled for a single on a hit down the right-field line in the sixth. He added the tying hit an inning later and was replaced by pinch runner Darin Mastroianni.

"Joe ... he got beat up pretty good," Gardenhire said. "His [hamstring] was actually doing pretty good until he got run in to at home plate."

The catcher was eager to get back in the lineup on Sunday but is now thankful to have an chance to rest during Monday's off day. Mauer was visibly frustrated with the play and said it caught him "right in the charley horse."

"It was pretty late," Mauer said of Weeks' slide, "I didn't expect him to be that far in."

Capps sits out

It was Jared Burton and Glen Perkins for the Twins' late-inning relief on Sunday. Closer Matt Capps was unavailable, suffering from inflammation in his right shoulder.

After giving up a two-run homer in the ninth inning on Friday night, Capps' record wasn't the only thing hurt. The pitcher said he woke up the next morning with a sore shoulder.

"He's got some inflammation in his shoulder, we think it's day-to-day," Twins General Manager Terry Ryan said.

Gardenhire said he expects Capps to be available Tuesday.

Under pressure

Gardenhire knew it would require much more than a handful of hits to beat Milwaukee righthander Zack Greinke.

The former Cy Young Award winner entered Sunday 7-2 with a 2.96 ERA and had only given up more than one run once in his previous seven starts.

"We have to try and do some things. We just can't stand there," Gardenhire said before the game.

Ben Revere implemented the plan immediately. The Twins right fielder stole second base on the sixth pitch of the bottom of the first. The aggressive approach finally caught up to Greinke in the Twins' three-run seventh inning, in which all the runs were scored with two outs.

"Usually we just lay back and fall down," Revere said about the comeback win. "[Greinke] is one heck of a pitcher. You have to try as much as you can to get in scoring position especially against a pitcher like him."


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