Mauer out for season with mild pneumonia

MINNEAPOLIS — Joe Mauer’s season is over.

The catcher visited the Mayo Clinic yesterday and was diagnosed with mild pneumonia, as the symptoms from his upper respiratory infection that caused him to miss two games early this month never went away.

“On Sept. 2 he was diagnosed with an upper respiratory infection, and despite medication symptoms have not resolved,” Twins trainer Rick McWane said. “In Kansas City, he complained of a consistent cough. Yesterday, he went to the Mayo Clinic and was diagnosed with mild pneumonia. The recommendation is medication and rest for two weeks.”

It ends a tumultuous year for Mauer, who played in just 82 games this year, as he dealt with various injuries ranging from bilateral leg weakness to a stiff neck and finally his bout with pneumonia.

Mauer, who started only 47 games behind the plate, finishes the season with career lows in batting average (.287), on-base percentage (.369), slugging percentage (.368) and home runs (three).

Mauer, in the first year of an eight-year, $184 million deal signed before last season, wasn’t happy about the diagnosis, according to Twins manager Ron Gardenhire.

“He’s pretty upset,” Gardenhire said. “He’s sick right now, but in talking with him today, he’s not very happy. He’s pretty upset about it. He’s going to have to do with the doctors say and take care of himself physically. But he really is not happy about the situation and wants to be out there and be here with the guys.”

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