Joe Mauer expected to catch in an extended spring game Thursday
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This would mark the first time Mauer has sat behind the plate in a game since being placed on the disabled list on April 12 with leg weakness and general soreness.
Mauer has been catching bullpens and taking at-bats as a designated hitter in Fort Myers for the last two weeks.
Manager Ron Gardenhire had indicated on several occasions he'd be open to Mauer eventually trying another position. But Gardenhire told reporters on Tuesday that Mauer is "coming back as a catcher. He signed an eight-year deal to catch in the big leagues for the Minnesota Twins, so we're trying to get him back as a catcher."