ARLINGTON, TEXAS - After taking another big stride toward returning from the disabled list Wednesday, Joe Mauer said some words every Twins fan should be happy to hear: "I'd like to get back in there Friday."
But as Mauer said, he wanted to play Wednesday, "so it's kind of the same thing."
Mauer, who has been on the DL since May 5 because of a strained left quadriceps muscle, still doesn't want to give a firm date for his return. He just doesn't know. He has caught bullpen sessions the past two days, he's been running almost full speed, and he launched one pitch into the upper deck in right field during batting practice Wednesday.
But he still feels some tightness in the leg when he runs. He'll take today off, resting from his vigorous rehab schedule, and see a doctor again Friday. Perhaps with a 48-hour break the tightness will disappear, and the Twins will clear him to play this weekend against Toronto.
"I try not to put a timetable on it until he goes out there and goes full bore," said manager Ron Gardenhire, whose team is 7-10 with Mauer on the DL. "He says he feels like he's getting pretty close. What series? When? This weekend? Early next week? We just have to let Joe let us know."
It's an open date for the Twins today, but the medical staff will be busy, and more roster moves are coming.
Glen Perkins (shoulder) and Jason Bartlett (neck) will have magnetic resonance imaging exams, and Dennys Reyes (shoulder) will have his recent MRI results viewed again.
"MRIs-R-Us," Gardenhire called it.
Gardenhire expects Reyes to go on the 15-day disabled list, and he said a pitcher will be promoted. Jason Miller is a candidate, but he would need to be added to the 40-man roster. Jose Mijares, another lefthander who was just promoted from Class AA New Britain to Class AAA Rochester, is already on the 40-man but probably not ready.
Bartlett is a growing concern. With Rochester hitting machine Matt Tolbert out because of a strained oblique muscle, Alexi Casilla probably would rejoin the Twins if Bartlett is placed on the DL.
"Rochester might be down to six players before it's all over," Gardenhire said.
No rotation shuffle
Once again, the Twins won't use the off day to skip a pitcher and keep Johan Santana on regular rest.
Ramon Ortiz has an 11.74 ERA for May, but pitching coach Rick Anderson liked his bullpen session Tuesday, as Ortiz shortened his stride, helping him keep the ball down.
"He wants the ball," Gardenhire said. "If you were to tell him, 'Hey, we're going to skip you,' that would be tough. We'd more like to see him go out there and have a good ballgame. That's what this ballclub needs."
|St. Louis||1||Top 9th Inning|
|Tampa Bay||3||Top 10th Inning|
|San Diego||3:05 PM|
|San Francisco||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Colorado||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Chicago WSox||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Milwaukee||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Milwaukee||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Texas||0||Top 1st Inning|
|Oklahoma City||35||2nd Qtr|
|St. Louis||7:00 PM|
|Los Angeles||7:00 PM|
|Mercer||54||2nd Half 5:34|
|Fla Gulf Coast||49|
|Indiana State||50||2nd Half 5:38|
|Northeastern||50||2nd Half 10:56|
|La Salle||3:00 PM|
|Michigan State||3:30 PM|
|William & Mary||4:00 PM|
|Penn State||4:15 PM|
|Western Carolina||5:00 PM|
|Boston College||5:00 PM|
|South Dakota||6:00 PM|
|Ga Southern||7:30 PM|
|Western Ill||8:30 PM|
|South Dakota St|
|Mount St Marys||75|
|Western Carolina||61||2nd Half 1:36|
|South Florida||29||2nd Half|
|Sacred Heart||47||2nd Half|
|(18) Oklahoma St||26||2nd Half 18:32|
|Missouri State||30||2nd Half|
|(12) Kentucky||29||1st Half 3:28|
|Denver||32||1st Half 3:27|
|Butler||18||1st Half 0:52|
|(7) West Virginia|
|St Francis-NY||5:00 PM|
|(10) Duke||6:00 PM|
|(2) Notre Dame|