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Saturday, February 22, 2014

Twins' Joe Mauer takes BP for the first time since concussion

By on 2/22/2014 11:00:00 PM

Minnesota Twins star Joe Mauer suffered a severe season-ending concussion last August 19. He spent the entire offseason recovering, and on Saturday, he got to join his teammates in his first batting practice session since that fateful day. Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reported Saturday evening that Mauer took only a few swings, but after six months of not swinging a bat, those few swings were a huge step in his return to the Twins.

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Berardino states that Mauer was very happy with the brief but important session as he attempts to rejoin the Twins' lineup when the regular season begins, Said Berardino,
"Mauer didn’t do much swinging on this day, but afterwards he sounded pleased to cross off another milestone in his return from that career-altering concussion of Aug. 19."
Mauer will soon work his way up to full batting practice sessions and other camp workouts. He made his own statement after finishing his first BP session:
“Just like every first spring training day ever. It seems like that ball is coming in there a lot quicker than it normally does, but it was good. It was good to get out there. Everything went well today.”
Mauer suffered the concussion when a foul tip struck his head while catching. He missed the Twins' final 39 games as he ended what was becoming his best year since 2009 when he won the A.L. MVP award. He was hitting .324/.404/.476 with 11 HR and 47 RBI and a 4.6 WAR. He made the A.L. All-Star team and won the Silver Slugger award for catchers, his fifth time doing so.

Mauer will become the Twins' regular first baseman in 2014. Kurt Suzuki will take over as the starting catcher.

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