The Minnesota Twins are without star first baseman Joe Mauer once again on Friday night. And while they are hoping that he is available as a pinch hitter this weekend, there is still a possibility that he will be forced to the disabled list with the back spasms that have troubled him for the last week or so.
Once Mauer is able to pinch hit, Gardenhire said, he might be able to serve as the designated hitter the following day.
If Mauer can get into games by this weekend, he will avoid the 15-day disabled list. If the back problem drags on past Saturday, it becomes increasingly possible the Twins would place him on the DL, retroactive to Monday.
That would allow him to come off the DL as soon as May 20 in San Diego, the start of a five-game road trip.”
After a surprisingly solid start the Twins have skidded to the bottom of the AL Central with a 15-18 record. As for Mauer, he is batting .296/.393/.374 through 29 games. Most of the problems lie on the pitching side of things for Minnesota, but they certainly cannot afford to go much longer without Mauer in the lineup either. They will hope that he can get back in the mix this weekend and avoid a stint on the DL.