Found September 20, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
PLAYERS: Joe Mauer
TEAMS: Minnesota Twins

Although time is running out for Joe Mauer to appear on a Minnesota Twins lineup card before 2013 is over, general manager Terry Ryan still believes that Mauer can overcome his concussion problems and get back on the field before the end of September. According to's Jeff Kirshman, Mauer is responding well to treatment and could potentially rejoin the team when they start a homestand on Monday. General manager Terry Ryan said that if Mauer's symptoms don't flare up, the catcher should make an appearance soon. "If he continues to have no symptoms, you'll see him," Ryan said. "I'm holding out hope that we ultimately can get him back on the field. So we're working toward that." Ryan also said that Thursday was one of Mauer's better days and he has been increasing the length and intensity of his workouts. Given the length of time Mauer has been out, manager Ron Gardenhire would just be happy to see him back at Target Field. "As long as he can come to the ballpark and hang out, that'll be good enough for us. Hopefully we can get him back on the field, but the big thing is his health. Just get him healthy. That's what we're after." If the All-Star catcher does return, it seems likely that Minnesota will only use him at first base or DH, avoiding the risk of any further foul tips to the mask, which was what caused the initial concussion symptoms. The Twins have been getting great production from the catcher slot lately thanks to rookie Josmil Pinto, who has sixteen hits in the first 45 at-bats of his major league career, including five doubles and two home runs. Pinto, 24, showed good hitting ability during his time in the minors, including a .309 batting average and .400 OBP this year in 528 PA across Double- and Triple-A. If he can stick behind the dish, the Twins may be able to give Mauer a lot more time at other positions next season.  Follow @mlbinjurynews Looking for fantasy baseball advice?


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