Mauer feeling better, but no return date set

Mauer feeling better, but no return date set

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins catcher Joe Mauer, who is out with back spasms, worked out on the field and took batting practice in the cages before Saturday's game against the White Sox.

Mauer, though, was out of the lineup for a fifth straight game and said he's not quite ready to return, as he still feels the tightness in his back, especially when running.

"It was good I was out there, but it wasn't very close to what I need to do on a field," said Mauer, who visited a chiropractor to get his back adjusted. "But it's been getting better every day so hopefully that continues to stay the same."

Mauer said there's still no target date for his return but he'll join the team on its road trip to Cleveland and Detroit next week.

"If it keeps progressing like it has I'm still just day to day," Mauer said. "I'm not that far off. At least that's what the trainers told me."