Mauer wants to play every day

Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who returned to action Friday after missing 29 games because of a strained left quadriceps muscle, said he intends to stay on the field as much as possible.

But he declined to respond to comments made by outfielder Torii Hunter suggesting Mauer's the kind of player who needs to be 100 percent healthy to play.

"I'm not going to get into that," Mauer said while grinning.

Mauer wants to move forward after a frustrating month during which he was forced to be patient with the slow-healing injury. He was activated from the 15-day disabled list on Thursday after working out for three days at Fort Myers, Fla. He caught nine innings for Class A Fort Myers on Wednesday.

"I'd like to be in the lineup every day I can," he said. "That means if I need a day off from catching, then hopefully I'm a DH."

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire wouldn't rule out using Mauer as a DH, although the training staff has told him Mauer has had trouble staying loose on the bench between at-bats.

"You'd love to be able to do that," Gardenhire said. "You have to see how his body feels."

Mauer was cheered as he walked to the bullpen to warm up Carlos Silva before the game.

Torii's take

Hunter also has made news for his support of Tigers outfielder Gary Sheffield, who made headlines a week ago when he said there are more Latin American players in Major League Baseball than African-Americans because Latin American players are easier to control.

Hunter, speaking to Fox Sports Radio recently, didn't make comments as strong as Sheffield's.

"You can go to Latin America and get that same talent as a black player in Compton [Calif.], and if he's in Compton, he gets drafted in the first round he's going to get $2 million," Hunter told the station. "If he doesn't pan out, you're out $2 million, but if you go to the Dominican, Cuba or whatever, and you can get a guy for $2,000 and he doesn't pan out, you're only down $2,000. I do agree that, you know, 10 years from now you'll see no blacks, at all."

Hunter didn't back down from his comments after the game.

"What I said is what I said," Hunter said. "That's not the main reason why African-Americans aren't playing the game. It's a small percentage, like maybe 5 percent."

Luis the Great

The Twins presented Luis Castillo with Twins jersey No. 143 and a crystal sculpture. Castillo last month set the record for consecutive errorless games by a second baseman, which ended on Wednesday at 143. Castillo also set a record for a second baseman with 647 consecutive errorless chances.

Rotation renovation

With an off day on Monday, the Twins plan to skip Kevin Slowey or Scott Baker in the rotation.

  • related content

  • Nationals rough up Silva, Twins

    Saturday June 9, 2007

    Washington ripped everything the Twins starter threw, and that led to an 8-0 hole that the team couldn't escape.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions
Bottom 4th123456789RHE
Detroit2003     590
Minnesota0000     010
Preview | Matchup | Lineup | Log | Wrap | Box
HR: DET- None MIN- None

ADVERTISEMENT

Toronto 2 Top 6th Inning
Baltimore 5
Washington 3 Top 7th Inning
Atlanta 0
Miami 3 Bottom 7th Inning
NY Mets 2
NY Yankees 0 Top 6th Inning
Tampa Bay 0
Cincinnati 0 Top 4th Inning
Chicago Cubs 0
Chicago WSox 3 Bottom 3rd Inning
Kansas City 0
Cleveland 1 Top 4th Inning
Houston 2
Detroit 5 Bottom 4th Inning
Minnesota 0
Los Angeles 2 Top 2nd Inning
Colorado 1
San Francisco - R. Vogelsong 8:40 PM
Arizona - W. Miley
Seattle - H. Iwakuma 9:05 PM
LA Angels - M. Shoemaker
Philadelphia - J. Williams 9:10 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Philadelphia 3 2nd Qtr 15:00
Indianapolis 7
Tampa Bay 9/18/14 7:25 PM
Atlanta
San Diego 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Buffalo
Dallas 9/21/14 12:00 PM
St. Louis
Washington 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Houston 9/21/14 12:00 PM
NY Giants
Minnesota 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New Orleans
Tennessee 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cincinnati
Baltimore 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Cleveland
Green Bay 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Detroit
Indianapolis 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Jacksonville
Oakland 9/21/14 12:00 PM
New England
San Francisco 9/21/14 3:05 PM
Arizona
Denver 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Seattle
Kansas City 9/21/14 3:25 PM
Miami
Pittsburgh 9/21/14 7:30 PM
Carolina
(5) Auburn 9/18/14 6:30 PM
(20) Kansas State
Connecticut 9/19/14 7:00 PM
So Florida
Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Rice
Troy 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(13) Georgia
Georgia Tech 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Virginia Tech
Eastern Mich 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(1) Florida State
Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
California 9/20/14 9:00 PM
Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Montreal 16 FINAL
Edmonton 33
Toronto 33 FINAL
Calgary 40
Winnipeg 9 FINAL
Brt Columbia 26
Saskatchewan 3 FINAL
Hamilton 28
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: How sure are you that the Twins are on the road to improving?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close