Saturday, March 21, 2009

Joe Mauer won't be ready opening day

Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer won't be ready for opening day, which is April 6th, and he's not sure when he'll return.

He has inflammation in the sacroiliac joint and headed to Baltimore last week for a second opinion on the injury.

I just have to get healthy,” Mauer said. “I don’t think I’m ready to get out there and play any games. I know it’s getting closer. I really don’t know if I’m going to be there or not.”

Last year, Mauer batted .328, which edged Boston's Dustin Pedroia for the A.L. batting crown, and drove in 85 runs.

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