Joe Mauer days away from return to Twins lineup

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Joe Mauer is on the mend but do not expect to see the first baseman back in the lineup for the Minnesota Twins for a few more days.

Days after suffering back spasms Mauer told the Star Tribune that  “The last couple days have been pretty brutal. So I’m starting to move around a little better, which is good.”

Before Mauer returns to the field he wants to get some batting practice swings in.

“I’m starting to feel little bit better,” he said. “It’s starting to release a little bit. If I come in [Wednesday] feeling good, I might be able to get out on the field and do some baseball stuff, which would be good.”

Twins manager Ron Gardenhire offered up a similar assessment of Mauer.

“He’s feeling better but still not ready,” Gardenhire said. “When I walked into the trainer’s room, he was still in the whirlpool and is doing all the treatment you’re supposed to do. Day-to-day, that’s basically where we are with this thing until it lightens up on him and he is able to go and do everything.”

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