Mauer sits Monday, listed day to day

Mauer sits Monday, listed day to day

CLEVELAND -- Twins first baseman Joe Mauer was out of the lineup a day after leaving with back spasms Sunday against the Orioles.

Minnesota's All-Star first baseman left in the top of the third inning Sunday. Mauer received treatment from the training staff before Monday's game, and the team announced that he was feeling and moving better.

Although Mauer was not available Monday, he is considered day-to-day.

"He actually walked in standing straight up, and that was a good thing, 'cause yesterday he was bent over a little," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said.

Gardenhire had little concern about the potential for Mauer's sore back to linger.

"He's had spasms before," Gardenhire said. "We just have to ride it out, let the trainers do their thing.

"I think if you've had back problems, we all understand that. It's a spasm, not some kind of crooked-spine thing."

Chris Colabello took Mauer's place at first base on Monday. Outfielder Sam Fuld hit second in Mauer's usual spot in the lineup.

Stephen Ellsesser is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.