As the Minnesota Twins look to avoid a situation that plagued Justin Morneau for two seasons, they are being as cautious as possible with Joe Mauer. The All-Star catcher suffered a concussion on August 19th, and there is still no timetable for his return. Head injuries can linger, and in Morneau's case, they can present themselves even after the injury seems to have cleared.
Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com says Mauer is feeling better, but he does not know when he'll be able to return to the lineup. Wednesday marked the first time Mauer has been able to participate in light exercises, but he still has some symptom such as sensitivity to light and sound. Until all symptoms clear, Mauer will not be able to play.
"My symptoms have been getting better, which is good," Mauer said. "Even the things [Wednesday], I'm definitely conscious of the way I'm feeling and exercising and taking a break for a little while to see where I'm at. But it's been going good, so hopefully it'll be another good day today."
Mauer went on to say he has no intention of shutting himself down for the season. However, the reality is that if he doesn't get a clean bill of health, he won't have a choice. These types of injuries are being treated far more cautiously than they ever were, and for good reason. The Twins are nowhere near contention, so there's no reason to push Mauer back on the field unless the team is 100 percent certain he's healthy.
Mauer is having his second-consecutve All-Star season after taking a step back in 2011 thanks to injuries. He is hitting .324/.404/.476 with 11 home runs. Mauer has now been selected to six All-Star Games in his career.
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