Thu, 24 Jul 2014 17:22:39 -0700
Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) hit in a cage Thursday, July 24. The next step likely will be Mauer taking part in live batting practice, but it is not known when that will happen.
Fantasy Tip: There does not appear to be a definite timetable for when Mauer will return for now. Owners should continue to hold onto him until he is able to return.
Sun, 20 Jul 2014 10:47:13 -0700
Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) is unable to resume hitting because he is still experiencing pain in his right oblique, according to manager Ron Gardenhire. "He said there's certain things he does right now that he still feels it, coughing and sneezing and things like that, definitely feels it, so he's obviously not ready to take swings or any of that stuff," Gardenhire said.
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 18:25:17 -0700
Updating a previous report, Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) fielded some ground balls on his knees Saturday, July 19. There is no timetable for his return at this point.
Sat, 19 Jul 2014 04:50:08 -0700
Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) is making steady progress but has not resumed batting activities.
Fantasy Tip: Mauer is still likely multiple weeks away. Keep him stashed on your bench.
Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:32:35 -0700
Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer will begin the second half with a 12-game hitting streak. Mauer is hitting .362 (17-for-47) with 12 RBI and a .489 slugging percentage during the solid span.
Thu, 10 Jul 2014 16:58:16 -0700
Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) is unlikely to return to the team right after the All-Star break.
Fantasy Tip: Returning prematurely from oblique injuries isn't wise, which is why the Twins will make sure that Mauer is cautious with his rehab. You'll probably have to be really patient with this one.
Wed, 02 Jul 2014 08:11:35 -0700
The Minnesota Twins placed 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) on the 15-day disabled list with a right oblique strain. Minnesota recalled 1B/OF Chris Colabello from Triple-A Rochester.
Fantasy Tip: Shame -- he was starting to turn things around, including running off an ongoing 12-game hit streak. Mauer's disappointing season becomes even more depressing. At least you can stash him without having him hurt you in the lineup. This could be a lengthy absence, though. Colabello, meanwhile, regains some juice in deep-mixed leagues and might be worth checking out. Despite his slump before his demotion, he had a scorching start to the season.
Tue, 01 Jul 2014 20:17:40 -0700
Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (oblique) left in the fifth inning Tuesday, July 1, after straining his right oblique. OF Chris Parmelee replaced Mauer at first base, and OF Josh Willingham replaced Parmelee in left field.
Fantasy Tip: The severity of the injury is not yet known, but it's a shame that Mauer suffered any sort of injury just as he was finally heating up. He is hitting .362 during his current 12-game hit streak so hopefully he won't miss a lot of time.
Tue, 24 Jun 2014 20:46:45 -0700
Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer believes his early season struggles have a lot to do with the fact that he doesn't track pitches from behind the plate as much as he used to. "He's used to tracking so many pitches from our pitchers throwing to him that you get your eyes going so you can get everything lined up," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "That makes a lot of sense. This is something different for him, and that's coming from a pretty darn good hitter. I thought that was a pretty good statement."
Fantasy Tip: While it is good that Mauer thinks he has identified the problem, it isn't really an easy fix since the Twins want to save the wear and tear on his body by playing him at first base. Still, he is a career .319 hitter so Mauer should adjust eventually, and he could make a decent buy-low candidate while he is batting .261.
Wed, 11 Jun 2014 12:21:28 -0700
Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said he won't consider moving 1B Joe Mauer from his No. 3 spot in the lineup despite his recent struggles. Gardenhire is optimistic that Mauer will break out of his slump.
Fantasy Tip: Gardenhire was at least partially right, as Mauer has responded with a couple hits already in the ball game Wednesday afternoon.