Twins notes: Mauer still out but getting better

Joe Mauer was spotted in the workout room again Tuesday, and he told trainers his back is feeling better after suffering from spasms on Sunday. He’s still not moving well, but said that he’s improved.

How much improvement?

“I can put my shoes on,” he said with a snicker. “The last couple days have been pretty brutal. So I’m starting to move around a little better, which is good.”

Mauer appears to be at least a couple of days away from returning to action. He said he would like to get some swings in and see how he feels before he returns to action. He said his back began to bother him during batting practice Sunday and the discomfort increased until he had to take himself out of the game against Baltimore.

“I’m starting to feel little bit better,” he said. “It’s starting to release a little bit. If I come in [Wednesday] feeling good, I might be able to get out on the field and do some baseball stuff, which would be good.”

Mauer has been stretching, applying heat and having massages to try to get his back loose. He said he’s never had a back problem like the one he has now.

“He’s feeling better but still not ready,” manager Ron Gardenhire said. “When I walked into the trainer’s room, he was still in the whirlpool and is doing all the treatment you’re supposed to do. Day-to-day, that’s basically where we are with this thing until it lightens up on him and he is able to go and do everything.”

The Twins’ upcoming roster move might have to be made with Mauer in mind, in case he needs a few more days to recover.

Chris Colabello has moved to first base from the outfield since Mauer has been out. His error in the first inning Tuesday allowed a run to score, but he later made up for it with a solo homer in the seventh.

Limited options

It took only two moves Monday for Gardenhire to deplete his bench. He doesn’t like that, and he really doesn’t like his outfield depth right now.

Look for the Twins to make at least a roster move after Wednesday’s game to add a position player.

The Twins went into Tuesday’s game against the Indians with a two-man bench once again with Mauer out. While one of his available bench players, Eduardo Escobar, can play some in the outfield, it’s not an ideal situation. So Gardenhire hinted that a roster adjustment is on the way.

“We do need another outfielder eventually,” he said.

Oswaldo Arcia, recovered from a right wrist sprain, is batting .304 with no homers and three RBI at Class AAA Rochester during a rehabilitation assignment.

“He just needs at-bats,” Gardenhire said. “Just hasn’t had enough consistency. The hand is not bothering him.”

Aaron Hicks, on the seven-day concussion disabled list, is eligible come off Thursday, but he just started taking some light swings. The Twins could elect to send Hicks to Rochester to get some at-bats and make sure he’s 100 percent.

Gardenhire gave shortstop Danny Santana his first major league start Tuesday. But Gardenhire said he nearly started Santana in left field after watching him work out in the outfield before games since being called up from Rochester on Saturday.

With Twins starting pitching stabilizing — the staff entered Tuesday with a 2.98 ERA over its previous eight games — officials might decide it no longer needs a 13-man pitching staff.

Etc.

Josh Willingham (left wrist) hit off a tee with no problems.

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

ADVERTISEMENT

Atlanta 0 Bottom 6th Inning
Philadelphia 0
NY Mets 1 Top 7th Inning
NY Yankees 6
Boston 4 Top 6th Inning
Baltimore 3
Cleveland 9 Bottom 5th Inning
Detroit 1
Chicago Cubs 2 Top 6th Inning
Cincinnati 3
Washington 2 Top 7th Inning
Miami 2
Toronto 2 Top 6th Inning
Tampa Bay 9
St. Louis 1 Top 3rd Inning
Milwaukee 0
Kansas City 0 Top 3rd Inning
Chicago WSox 0
San Francisco 0 Bottom 1st Inning
Colorado 0
Pittsburgh - G. Cole 8:40 PM
Arizona - J. Collmenter
Houston - D. Keuchel 9:05 PM
Oakland - S. Kazmir
Texas - W. Rodriguez 9:05 PM
LA Angels - G. Richards
Los Angeles - Z. Greinke 9:10 PM
San Diego - A. Cashner
Minnesota - P. Hughes 9:10 PM
Seattle - F. Hernandez
Houston 81 3rd Qtr 5:39
Dallas 80
Toronto 40 2nd Qtr 8:50
Washington 36
LA Clippers 8:30 PM
San Antonio
Ottawa 3 3rd Prd
Montreal 0
Pittsburgh 1 3rd Prd
NY Rangers 1
Minnesota 8:30 PM
St. Louis
New York City 0 1st Half 15:00
Chicago 1
FC Dallas 9:00 PM
Colorado
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: What are your plans for the Twins' home opener?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close