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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Twins Injury Update: Joe Mauer, Ricky Nolasco

By on 7/22/2014 06:00:00 AM

The Minnesota Twins entered Monday night's game against the Cleveland Indians in last place in the American League Central with a record of 44-53. The offense has been solid at 11th in the league in runs scored, but the main problem for the Twins has been a pitching staff that is 27th in the league in ERA. Two key members of the team, Joe Mauer and Ricky Nolasco, are improving in their recovery from injuries, but are still not ready to return.

I reported on July 11 that Mauer, who has been out since the beginning of July with a right oblique strain, would not be ready to return after the All-Star break.

An update on Mauer, as reported by Mike Berardino at,is the he took swings for the second consecutive day and also fielded some grounders and made throws to second base. Although Mauer has been able to move and participate in drills without any problems, he's had soreness following workouts.  There is still no timetable for his return.

Mauer, in his 11th Major League season, is batting .271 with two home runs and 28 RBI this season. Mauer's best season was in 2009 when he batted .365 with 28 home runs and 96 RBI. Injuries have hampered him the last several seasons, holding him under 120 games in two of the past three seasons. Mauer has a career batting average of .320 with 107 home runs and 662 RBI.  

As for Nolasco, our own Darius Austin reported on July 8 that Nolasco would undergo an MRI after admitting he had been having elbow problems since spring training. No structural damage was revealed. 

Nolasco played long-toss out to 120 feet on Monday and eventually will throw a bullpen session. Manager Ron Gardenhire said there is no timetable on Nolasco's return, but it's possible he could return without going on a rehab assignment.

Nolasco, in his ninth Major League season, is 5-7 with a career worse 5.90 ERA this season.  The veteran has pitched for the Marlins, Dodgers and Twins and has a career record of 94-82 with a 4.49 ERA.

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