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Updated: July 31st, 2010 8:50pm
Joe Mauer has shoulder tendinitis, will miss at least 1-2 games

Joe Mauer has shoulder tendinitis, will miss at least 1-2 games

by Phil Mackey
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Minnesota Twins manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters after Saturday night's 4-0 win over Seattle that catcher Joe Mauer has tendinitis in his right shoulder.

Mauer, who went 3-for-4 with a double, received a cortisone shot after the game and is likely to sit out until at least Tuesday. The Twins begin a four-game series in Tampa Bay on Monday after Sunday's series finale against Seattle.

"It's a little bit of tendinitis in his shoulder that just won't go away," Gardenhire said. "Doctors seem to think that this will be a good thing for him, and we're just going to have to live with it.

"He's had an MRI, everything's fine, everything's sound. He's just got a little tendinitis in there that keeps bothering him, won't go away. You put this (shot) in there, give it a couple days without throwing, and go from there."

Gardenhire said Mauer's injury stems from a foul tip he took earlier this season.

Despite the sore shoulder, Mauer is 24-for-58 (.414) since the All-Star break, raising his batting line from .293/.368/.424 to .313/.382/.468.

Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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In this story: Ron Gardenhire, Joe Mauer