These are your points?
* Bilateral leg weakness was a "weird thing". The press "blew it up".
* Concussions are a "weird thing". They are confusing and hard to diagnose. Doctors misdiagnose things.
* Catching bullpens is "crazy" on the legs. For Joe Mauer, it was sufficient to not lift leg weights over the span of 10 years.
My overall view is that Mauer's quotes are often conflicting. His quotes have conflicted with medical exam results. His quotes have conflicted with the team, where Mauer says he had a concussion and the team says he did not. His quotes have even conflicted with his very own quotes. I find that odd; and, as I said, I wonder why that is not being discussed.
I hate to wade in here, but I’m going to.
I’m not a doctor nor a psychologist, but reading into a player who says he “feels great” or “is in the best shape of his life” isn’t weird, or in need of more discussion than it has been given. Even if these kind of comments are demonstrably false.
Players are inclined to look for the positive and hope they have turned a corner on any number of things. That sort of seems like human nature. That’s why the league has developed strict concussion protocols, frankly, to protect players (and managers) from themselves.
I also don’t think it odd that there is no timetable for his current return, or that he will only commit to “another good day.” That seems very measured to me, and perhaps reflective of someone who has learned the hard way that you don’t just come back from concussions the way you do a broken bone.
I’ve said this before and I’ll say it again. Joe hit 300 and played gold glove defense last year, proving he still has game left and perhaps was finally back to his preconcussion levels. It would be a shame if he is derailed again, but we simply don’t know what the situation is going to be for him going forward. Even if he says he “feels great”, unfortunately.