Mauer gives update on condition
On the day he was eligible to return from the disabled list, Twins catcher Joe Mauer told reporters Thursday he felt he was “turning the corner” in his recovery from bilateral leg weakness, but still offered no timetable for his return.
Mauer, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on April 14, met with team doctors on Thursday, but said he’s still working on regaining strength in his legs and has yet to begin baseball activities. He also said that a week-long bout with the flu caused him to lose 15 pounds, and added to the weakness he felt in his lower body.
“I’m trying to get that out of everybody, but I’ve just got to get healthy,” Mauer said of a possible timetable for his return. “I’m not where I need to be yet to be on the field and do baseball things. I’m trying to get there as best I can.”
It came after head trainer Rick McWane told reporters earlier in the day that Mauer wasn’t ready to start the season at catcher even though his surgically repaired left knee, which he had arthroscopic surgery on in December, held up just fine.
“He wasn’t strong enough to handle the everyday catching,” McWane said. “At the end of Spring Training he said that’s the best he had felt, and he was doing fine. He didn’t have any issues with his knee at the end of spring training, and still, his knee feels good. It wasn’t a matter of his knee not being ready, he just I don’t think had the repetitions catching or anything else. Once the season started, he started to wear down.”
Mauer, 28, admitted that the late start to Spring Training — he didn’t start his first game behind the plate until March 19 — made it difficult to get fully ready for the regular season.
“It was kind of an accelerated Spring Training and I thought I got myself to where once I got to the beginning of the season my legs would continue to get stronger,” Mauer said. “But it just kind of went the other way, so it’s frustrating. But you now, we are where we’re at, and I’m just trying to get healthy again.”
Mauer’s next step will be starting baseball activities and rehab games — likely in Florida — but there’s also no timetable for that yet either.