Sep 6, 2013; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer (right) talks with pitcher Glen Perkins (left) prior to the game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer still not cleared of concussion symptoms


For nearly three weeks, Joe Mauer has been unable to play after suffering a concussion, and he still hasn’t been medically cleared to come back and play with the Minnesota Twins.

The Associated Press reports that “the recovery process has been slow” for Mauer, and there is still “no timetable for his return.”

Mauer was missing from the lineup for the 16th straight game Friday, when the Twins started a series against Toronto. The All-Star said after taking batting practice he had “a good day,” but the recovery process has been slow.

Mauer said there’s no timetable for his return but that he hopes to be back “sooner than later.” He was hurt on Aug. 19, hit in the facemask by a foul ball.

The 30-year-old catcher has a .324 batting average with 11 home runs and 47 RBIs this season. He’s been a bright spot in a rather dismal season for the Twins that never were in contention for the postseason with the Detroit Tigers largely dominating the American League Central and the Wild Card spots being fought over by most of the AL East.

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