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.
Mon, 09 Jun 2014 19:16:11 -0700
Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer was back in the lineup Monday, June 9, against the Toronto Blue Jays after a mental day off. He has been struggling recently, and is hitting an uncharacteristically low .264. "I guarantee he needed it," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "It's not so much physical. It was just mentally. He was pretty beat up. I have a pretty good feel for that stuff. I always say I won't do it, but it was needed. He needed a refresher."
Thu, 29 May 2014 10:40:26 -0700
Minnesota Twins C Joe Mauer entered the day Thursday, May 29, hitting only .277/.356/.356 with two home runs and six doubles in 45 games. "He's hitting a lot of balls hard. The way they're playing him and pitching him, if he were in Boston, he'd be hitting .400. I mean, how many rockets he's hit out to left field, deep. He'd be pounding that wall. But he's not in Boston, and they're playing him oppo. He's ripping balls that way, and you just go through it. I don't know if you start counting all the balls that this guy hits on the button. I can promise you it's as many as anybody in the league. He hits it on the barrel of the bat," manager Ron Gardenhire said.
Fantasy Tip: Mauer has posted a BABIP of .338 so far this year, which is slightly down from his career mark in that arena. Some of the hard hit balls he's had should start finding holes down the road. Mauer remains one of the better fantasy options at catcher, so stick with him.
Sun, 11 May 2014 19:58:15 -0700
Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (back) was limited to designated hitter Sunday, May 11, but may be able to play at first base again Tuesday, May 13.
Fri, 09 May 2014 13:41:03 -0700
Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (back) took soft toss in the cages Friday, May 9, and he would have done on-field work if not for poor weather conditions.
Fri, 09 May 2014 11:41:25 -0700
Minnesota Twins 1B Joe Mauer (back) remains out of the starting lineup Friday, May 9.
Fantasy Tip: If you haven't already done so, start making plans to be without Mauer for an extended period if he lands on the DL, which is a very real possibility at this point.