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Saturday, August 2, 2014

Twins Injury Update: Joe Mauer, Ricky Nolasco

By on 8/02/2014 06:30:00 AM

The Minnesota Twins enter a weekend series against the Chicago White Sox entrenched in last place in the American League Central with a record of 48-59. Having lost nine of their past 13 games, the Twins have struggled offensively, scoring just 33 runs in the 13 games since the All-Star break. Pitching hasn't been much better, ranked 27th in the league in ERA. Help could be on the way soon, as pitcher Ricky Nolasco and first basemen Joe Mauer are close to beginning rehab assignments.

I reported on Thursday that Nolasco threw in the bullpen for about 10 minutes on Tuesday. Although he threw only fast balls and change-ups, Nolasco was encouraged about his chances of returning soon. As for Mauer, he had been working in the batting cage this week and was getting closer to a rehab assignment.

LaVelle E. Neal III, who covers the Twins at, tweeted the following update on Mauer and Nolasco.
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.

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. 

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