Mauer working out, still battling soreness

Mauer working out, still battling soreness

PHOENIX -- Twins All-Star catcher Joe Mauer continues to work out in Florida, but no date is fixed yet for his return. Minnesota manager Ron Gardenhire said on Friday night that Mauer is still feeling a low level of pain.

He's been on the disabled list since April 13 with what the team is calling bilateral weakness in his legs. Mauer hurt his left knee late last season and underwent offseason arthroscopic surgery.

"He's back on the field. I was talking to our field coordinator, and he had a full workout today," Gardenhire said. "He was running the bases, taking batting practice. But he's still fighting general soreness. That's getting back to the baseball activities. He hasn't been doing that for that many days yet. The light stuff he's done in Minnesota, most of that has been in the gym. This is taking the pounding back on the field."

Gardenhire added that the soreness must dissipate before Mauer starts getting into some games, which means the Twins probably can't expect to see him before the All-Star break. Certainly, he'll have to embark on a Minor League rehab stint before being reactivated in the Majors.

"I'm not sure how far off that is," Gardenhire said. "It just depends on how he feels."