MINNEAPOLIS Joe Mauer is a former MVP and a three-time batting champion, but the Twins catcher is currently slumping.
After going 0-for-3 on Tuesday in Minnesota's loss to Cleveland, Mauer is now batting .270 this season. He has just eight hits in 46 at-bats (.174) this month three doubles and two RBI although he has drawn 12 walks during that stretch.
All of that has come after Mauer took a foul ball off his knee while catching in a game against Kansas City on April 29. Mauer had the following day off in Los Angeles but returned to the lineup for the second game of the series against the Angels. Yet Mauer was clear after Tuesday's game when asked if the foul ball off his knee has been a possible explanation for his recent skid.
"I don't want to say that's a problem," Mauer said of his knee. "Obviously I've been a little beat up here, but just struggling at the plate and trying to get back to where I was. Nothing's injured. It's just...