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Updated: September 11th, 2013 8:10pm
Joe Mauer has 'bad day,' sent home after concussion symptoms flare up

Joe Mauer has 'bad day,' sent home after concussion symptoms flare up

by Brandon Warne
1500ESPN.com
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins catcher Joe Mauer was sent home from the ballpark prior to Wednesday evening's game with the Oakland A's after he experienced what general manager Terry Ryan called a "bad day."

Ryan elaborated on the assertion manager Ron Gardenhire made earlier in the day that Mauer was 'irritated' by the whole situation, saying that the catcher simply didn't feel well after working out today, and was sent home.

It's hard not to see this as a setback, leaving Mauer's return this season in jeopardy, as it has been since he sustained the concussion back on Aug. 19 versus the Mets.

The Twins will patch it together with Chris Herrmann, Josmil Pinto, and Eric Fryer behind the plate as long as Mauer is on the shelf. Should Mauer's season be over, he'll finish the season on a seven-game hit streak, with a batting line of .324/.404/.476 (11 home runs).

Brandon Warne covers the Minnesota Twins for 1500ESPN.com. He has also contributed as a baseball analyst for Fangraphs.com and BaseballProspectus.com
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