The Minnesota Twins organization is no stranger to concussions. Justin Morneau's concussion from a couple years ago still lingers in the thoughts of the front office. The what-ifs that arise out of the handling and aftermath of that confusion surely haunt the Twins. They did not necessarily mishandle Morneau's concussion, but there wasn't as much focus on such an injury are there is now. That's why the Twins will play it extra safe with Joe Mauer's concussion.
Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com says the Twins have now placed Mauer on the 7-day DL designed for concussions. He was held out of last night's lineup with dizziness, and it seemed clear then that he would be diagnosed with a concussion.
Joe Mauer to the 7-day concussion DL. Colabello to be recalled. #MNTwins
— Rhett Bollinger (@RhettBollinger) August 21, 2013
The concussion, not uncommon among catchers, arose from being hit with multiple foul tips. Monday was probably the tipping point. He was struck in the mask by multiple foul balls in Monday's game alone. No diagnosis had been real eased prior to batting practice yesterday, but Mauer felt disoriented and dizzy during BP, so he was scratch and later diagnosed with the concussion.
Mauer has been back to his All-Star level of play the last two seasons after suffering a slight downturn following his injury-plagued 2011 season. The Twins want to ensure he can continue playing at this high level now and into the future, so they will surely play things safe with him.
Mauer is hitting .324/.404/.476 with 11 home runs this season. The 10-year veteran made his sixth All-Star Game appearance this season and will likely get some MVP votes at the end of the year. In his career, he is a .323/.405/.468 hitter.
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