MINNEAPOLIS -- What appeared inevitable became reality Monday: the Minnesota Twins shut down catcher Joe Mauer for the rest of the 2013 season due to a concussion.
The team announced that Mauer, who suffered a concussion on Aug. 19, won't play in Minnesota's final seven games of the year. Twins general manager Terry Ryan said Monday that Mauer has not suffered a setback in his recovery process, but the timing of everything led the team to play it safe and allow Mauer to recover and look ahead to next year.
"With the calendar and the schedule and so forth about to run out, it's unrealistic for us to think we're going to get him on the field this year," Ryan said. "Ultimately, we're going to work toward the 2014 season."
Mauer's recovery progress has been slow since he was hit in the mask with a foul tip in a game against the New York Mets. He took batting practice last homestand but did not travel with the Twins on their recent road trip. The All-Star catcher said Tuesday that he ...