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No, Joe Mauer doesn’t have a sore hamstring, or a seperated shoulder, or broken ribs. The Twins catcher has been placed on the disabled list with “bilateral leg weakness.” Say what?
Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said the weakness in Mauer’s legs “is causing all kind of soreness in his hips, and he’s compensating because of the [left knee] surgery he had this winter and he’s starting to get sore in other places. So we are just going to shut him down.
“He is definitely very, very sore over the last few days — his shoulder, his elbow — and we think it’s his legs just not strong enough underneath him and he says he feels terrible.
“His knee is actually feeling OK, but he’s compensating for the weakness in his upper leg, this is what I was told, that’s causing a lot of other problems.”
Of course, with leg/hip/knee injuries and the flu, there is no timetable for his return. He’s set to see a doctor in Baltimore, and should know more soon about what he’s battling.
I would stash him away in your DL spot, because you don’t want to be the manager that released him just to see him return to the field in a month.
As far as other potential catcher pickups, you could try these guys out:
You could also try to make a trade, but everyone knows you lost Mauer and will likely make you overpay to get his replacement. I’d recommend playing with the waiver wire for a bit and be patient.