Although he suffered a concussion over a month ago, there was hope franchise catcher Joe Mauer could return to the Minnesota Twins before the end of the season.
However, on Monday, Twins general manager Terry Ryan said that Mauer would not play in the final week of the season, which comes to a conclusion on Sunday.
“He’s making steady progress, and a lot of favorable things going on. But with the calendar and the schedule about ready to run out, it’s unrealistic for us to think we’re going to get him on the field this year,” general manager Terry Ryan told Phil Miller of the Minnesota Star Tribune. “So we’re going to work toward the 2014 season.”
Ryan also stressed there were no setbacks in Mauer’s recovery.
Before the concussion, Mauer played in 113 games. He hit .324, posted an on base percentage of .404 and slugged .476. He had 11 home runs and 47 RBI.
Back in 2010, Mauer signed an eight year contract extension worth $184. The deal also includes a no trade clause. Mauer is 30 years old.