Mauer out of lineup in opener vs. Tigers

Mauer out of lineup in opener vs. Tigers

MINNEAPOLIS -- Twins catcher Joe Mauer was not in the lineup for a third consecutive day due to a deep bone bruise in his left heel, and it appears unlikely that the catcher will play during this three-game series with the Tigers.

"He's still sore today, but he's better than yesterday," Twins manager Ron Gardenhire said. "So we're just going day-to-day with him and let him make sure we get this thing well. That's why we brought another catcher up here."

Wilson Ramos got the start in place of Mauer for the second straight day and was batting eighth in the lineup. On Sunday, Ramos became the first Twins player since Kirby Puckett on May 8, 1984, to tally four hits in his Major League debut as he went 4-for-5 against the Indians.

Mauer was receiving treatment on his heel on Monday afternoon and was not spotted at all in the Twins' clubhouse. Gardenhire said Mauer is staying away from "anything that puts a pounding" on the left heel, which includes running and most baseball activities. So Mauer's activity right now involves aquatherapy and getting treatment on his heel while the Twins wait for all of the soreness to go away.

"It doesn't do any good to put him out there too quick and just keep jamming it and have a bad heel for a month," Gardenhire said. "So we're going to let him get well here. Whether it's a day or two, I don't know."