Globe iconLogin iconRecap iconSearch iconTickets icon
The Official Site of the Minnesota Twins

news

Twins News

Mauer could return to lineup on Saturday

Mauer could return to lineup on Saturday
MINNEAPOLIS -- Catcher Joe Mauer missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right thumb on Friday, but could return on Saturday.

Mauer, who sprained his thumb while taking a swing last Sunday, took batting practice for the first time on Friday.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said there was even a chance that Mauer could be available as a pinch-hitter.

"His thumb is actually pretty good," Gardenhire said. "He's swinging on the field for the first time. We'll get him through today and see how he's doing. Maybe he'll pitch-hit. We'll probably get him in there [Saturday] if everything goes OK today."

Full Game Coverage
MIN Full Game Coverage NEAPOLIS -- Catcher Joe Mauer missed his fourth straight game with a sprained right thumb on Friday, but could return on Saturday.

Mauer, who sprained his thumb while taking a swing last Sunday, took batting practice for the first time on Friday.

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said there was even a chance that Mauer could be available as a pinch-hitter.

"His thumb is actually pretty good," Gardenhire said. "He's swinging on the field for the first time. We'll get him through today and see how he's doing. Maybe he'll pitch-hit. We'll probably get him in there [Saturday] if everything goes OK today."