Gardenhire not worried, but Mauer getting MRI

Gardenhire not worried, but Mauer getting MRI

MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer was not in the lineup for Monday's series opener with the Indians due to his jammed left knee, but Twins manager Ron Gardenhire stressed that he's been given no reason to be seriously concerned about the injury.

Mauer injured his knee while swinging in the sixth inning of Sunday's 6-2 loss to the A's, and left the game after it started to get worse while he ran up the first-base line. Mauer was getting treatment on the knee before Monday's game, and Gardenhire said that the catcher remains day-to-day.

"They told me he tweaked it," Gardenhire said. "The doctors checked him out -- there was no fluid, no anything. When they tell me I should be concerned, I will be, and [Sunday] night they told me he tweaked it and it should be fine."

Gardenhire said after Monday's 9-3 victory over the Indians that Mauer's knee was still a little sore. There is no swelling and no change in Mauer's knee, but the team planned to have the catcher get an MRI on Tuesday as a precaution.

"They don't expect [to find] anything, but we're going to get it checked out," Gardenhire said.