• Mauer sidelined with back spasms

    Heading into Tuesday’s game, Joe Mauer had played in 131 of the 141 games. That was quite a remarkable run considering the amount of time he missed just a year ago. Mauer, however, would not make it to game number 132 just yet as back spasms prior to the game would keep him unavailable.

    Said Mauer after the game:

    "As soon as I got on the field to stretch, it just started to come on. It seemed the more I did the worse it got. Right before my BP group, I was trying to get loose, and was going to take some swings in the cage and I couldn’t even get to the cage, it just kind of locked up. It’s calmed down from earlier today, so it’s feeling a little bit better.”

    Mauer had been surging as of late, going 14-for-34 (.412) with five extra base hits over his last ten games played heading into Tuesday night.

    He is uncertain for Wednesday’s contest.
    This article was originally published in blog: Mauer sidelined with back spasms started by Parker Hageman
    Comments 18 Comments
    1. YourHouseIsMyHouse's Avatar
      YourHouseIsMyHouse -
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    1. nokomismod's Avatar
      nokomismod -
      This is the first time I can remember him having back spasms/issues. Hopefully not a sign of things to come.
    1. Boom Boom's Avatar
      Boom Boom -
      Quote Originally Posted by nokomismod View Post
      This is the first time I can remember him having back spasms/issues. Hopefully not a sign of things to come.
      Back surgery is why he was a month late to start the season in 2009.
    1. nokomismod's Avatar
      nokomismod -
      I thought that was neck?
    1. Parker Hageman's Avatar
      Parker Hageman -
      Mauer said last night that this injury was the first time he's experienced back spasms, which is why he was so uncertain for today's game.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      According to wiki (and this actually jives with my memory so I didn't look farther), Mauer was diagnosed with an inflammation of the sacroiliac joint in March 2009. As we all recall, he was out until early May and then went on to have his MVP season.

      Sacroiliac joints are in the lower back. (both sides of spine)
    1. Boom Boom's Avatar
      Boom Boom -
      Quote Originally Posted by JB_Iowa View Post
      According to wiki (and this actually jives with my memory so I didn't look farther), Mauer was diagnosed with an inflammation of the sacroiliac joint in March 2009. As we all recall, he was out until early May and then went on to have his MVP season.

      Sacroiliac joint is lower back.
      He also had surgery earlier that offseason to remove a kidney stone.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      I'd forgotten about the kidney stone problem, Boom Boom.

      For nokomismod, I think the neck problem was Morneau.
    1. Montecore's Avatar
      Montecore -
      I've had back spasms (and side spasms). You can't play through them. Heating pads take at least 36 hours to work. Joe, you have my sympathy.
    1. twinzgrl's Avatar
      twinzgrl -
      Tonight my son called and said, "Mom, you're still watching the Twins?" I replied, "Yes, I ALWAYS watch the Twins. I'm a Twin's fan." But, with no Joe it will be even harder to watch. I miss the days when people bitched about losing three straight in the playoffs to the Yankees.
    1. snepp's Avatar
      snepp -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinzgrl View Post
      I miss the days when people bitched about losing three straight in the playoffs to the Yankees.
      Ah, those were the days.


      *daydream*
    1. twinzgrl's Avatar
      twinzgrl -
      I am ambivalent about this topic. He can't really be blamed for what the young players are lacking when they get to the big leagues. He can't really be blamed for the horrendous pitching staff. But, we do have some really good players. They just rarely all seem to be able to put it together in the same game. Is that Gardy's fault? I'm not there day in and day out. So, I'm unsure....One thing I am sure of is that it absolutely sucks to be in last place. If hiring a new manager will bring us a respectable team again, then do it.
    1. jokin's Avatar
      jokin -
      Quote Originally Posted by Montecore View Post
      Quote Originally Posted by twinzgrl View Post
      I am ambivalent about this topic. He can't really be blamed for what the young players are lacking when they get to the big leagues. He can't really be blamed for the horrendous pitching staff. But, we do have some really good players. They just rarely all seem to be able to put it together in the same game. Is that Gardy's fault? I'm not there day in and day out. So, I'm unsure....One thing I am sure of is that it absolutely sucks to be in last place. If hiring a new manager will bring us a respectable team again, then do it.


      Of course. They need to hold Gardenhire accountable as they should have at least six years ago. He's incompetent, stupid, and has been at the helm for two consecutive near-100 loss seasons. No players will play for him. I don't know how he got the job in the first place. There's not an organization on earth that would keep someone this awful on the job. I think he's created a climate of fear with the connivance of the media to treat him as if he's Sparky Anderson or something, some great guy who's also a winner. In actuality, he's a louse, and a loser. Minnesota nice be damned. He's a drag on this team and he needs a swift kick in the rear.


      Holy (thread) Hijack!
    1. 70charger's Avatar
      70charger -
      Cut it out with the thread hijacking.

      Also, I get that Mauer is the focal point of the team and especially the team's media, and there's nothing wrong with reporting this. But it's kind of a non-story. If it were Doumit, I doubt it would have even been brought up. Chances are he takes a couple days off; he's been busy this year, and he's been catching steadily lately.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Montecore View Post
      Of course. They need to hold Gardenhire accountable as they should have at least six years ago. He's incompetent, stupid, and has been at the helm for two consecutive near-100 loss seasons. No players will play for him. I don't know how he got the job in the first place. There's not an organization on earth that would keep someone this awful on the job. I think he's created a climate of fear with the connivance of the media to treat him as if he's Sparky Anderson or something, some great guy who's also a winner. In actuality, he's a louse, and a loser. Minnesota nice be damned. He's a drag on this team and he needs a swift kick in the rear.
      You shouldn't equivocate so much. Say what you really think.
    1. JB_Iowa's Avatar
      JB_Iowa -
      Quote Originally Posted by 70charger View Post
      Cut it out with the thread hijacking.

      Also, I get that Mauer is the focal point of the team and especially the team's media, and there's nothing wrong with reporting this. But it's kind of a non-story. If it were Doumit, I doubt it would have even been brought up. Chances are he takes a couple days off; he's been busy this year, and he's been catching steadily lately.

      Has he been catching more steadily recently? I haven't really kept track. But if he has, the back spasms would seem to be a red flag -- especially when Terry Ryan says he could see him catching 100 games/season again sometime in the future.
      http://www.twincities.com/twins/ci_2...-straight-game
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      A 6'5 230lb professional baseball player with back spasms? Stop the presses! What's next Niklas Backstrom with a sore groin? Adrian Peterson with a Charley Horse!

      Athletes these days, pffft!
    1. Riverbrian's Avatar
      Riverbrian -
      Quote Originally Posted by twinsnorth49 View Post
      A 6'5 230lb professional baseball player with back spasms? Stop the presses! What's next Niklas Backstrom with a sore groin? Adrian Peterson with a Charley Horse!

      Athletes these days, pffft!
      A Canadian with Stitches?
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