Mauer Gets Hit In First Spring At Bat

Thursday, March 17th, 2011 at 8:00 am

Joe Mauer’s fans have been wondering if offseason surgery would leave their hero rusty, but the hometown kid needed just two pitches to show us all he’s progressing.

Yesterday Mauer swung at the second pitch he saw in spring action and ended up with his first hit. The Minnesota Twins beat Mike Pelfrey and the New York Mets 4-3 Wednesday, but the biggest positive in the contest was Mauer’s appearance.

“It’s not a shocker to anybody around here,” Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told the AP of Mauer. “The biggest thing for Joe is to get his legs underneath him.”

Mauer served as the designated hitter while recovering from offseason surgery on his left knee. He finished with the one single in three at-bats. The All-Star catcher is expected to play in the field for the first time Thursday in a minor league game.

Mauer hit .327 with nine home runs and 75 RBI last season, numbers that were down from .365, 28 homers and 96 RBI in 2009, when he won the American League Most Valuable Player Award.

He has spent the first weeks of spring training working on conditioning and strengthening the muscles above and below the knee.

Our next Twins Spring Training Broadcasts will be vs Toronto on Sunday, and Pittsburgh on Monday – BOTH GAMES AT NOON ON 100.9 COOL COUNTRY!

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