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MLB Injury News:
On August 19, Minnesota Twins' catcher Joe Mauer took a foul tip off the bat of Ike Davis square off the top of his catcher's helmet. Mauer went to his knees, but stayed in the game. No one thought anything of it at the time, but Mauer suffered concussion-like symptoms and was placed on the 7-day disabled list. Although he may be activated soon, Mauer might not be catching as much as he'd like.
As reported by Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com, Mauer is making strides to come back and taking batting practice at Target Field this week. The Twins may activate him this weekend against the Blue Jays, but it remains to be seen what role he will play upon his return. Although the Twins like Mauer's play behind the plate, they want to take measures to protect their best player.
"We'll just kind of play it by ear," manager Ron Gardenhire said. "I
know Joe likes to catch. That's what he's been his whole life. We'll
just have to wait and get him back on the field."
There is a growing concern around the league with the number of concussions sustained by catchers this season.So far, eight catchers have been placed on the 7-day concussion disabled list. Mauer, in fact, even too extra precaution by wearing a new Rawlings catcher's helmet designed to prevent concussions. But even that helmet couldn't protect him from Ike Davis' foul tip on August 19.
Mauer hopes that something can be done further to help prevent concussions, but Gardenhire doubts that anything can be done to completely prevents concussions with catchers.
"I hope somebody a lot smarter than me is doing some research on these
types of things," Mauer said. "Hopefully we can do that -- get something
"The bottom line is if a baseball comes flying out of a guy's hand at 95
mph and gets foul-tipped into your mask, I don't know what you're going
to be able to put on somebody's head to keep the head from being jerked
back," Gardenhire said. "It's just part of the game. It's going to
It's imperative that the Twins do whatever is possible to keep Mauer on the field. Mauer is batting .324 with 11 home runs and 47 runs batted in this season. Last year, Mauer hit .319 with 10 home runs and 85 rbi's. For his career, Mauer is a .323 hitter with 105 home runs and 634 rbi's.
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