Joe Mauer leaves game Tuesday with strained right oblique
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MINNEAPOLIS -- Joe Mauer left Tuesday's game with a strained right oblique. He will be evaluated tomorrow, the Twins announced.
The Twins first baseman drove in a two-run double in the fourth inning, but he motioned to his right side after he reached second base. Umpire Brian O'Nora called time and Twins manager Ron Gardenhire and a trainer went out to check on Mauer.
Replays did not show Mauer in obvious pain as he ran the bases.
He said after the game that he has dealt with stiffness in the area for a little more than a week. He injured it on the swing that gave the Twins a 4-1 lead.
"It felt like somebody hit me pretty hard right there," Mauer said. He could feel it running the bases, he said, but opted to stay in the game and run to see if it would calm down. It did not, and it was clear he would not be able to swing, Gardenhire said, so he was removed after the half inning.
Mauer said he hasn't had this injury before but he said he hopes the recovery is "a lot sooner than what guys in the past have had."