Joe Mauer scratched with sore back, expected to play on Friday
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Joe Mauer is out of the lineup again, but this time, the Minnesota Twins don't expect their All-Star catcher to be gone for long.
""He's stiff, sore back and I said we did this at the beginning of the year," Gardenhire said, per the Pioneer Press. "I'm not going to start it again right now."
Shortstop Tsuyoshi Nishioka (sore hamstring) also was scratched, but Gardenhire expects both players to be back for Friday's series opener at Milwaukee.
Mauer is 3-for-20 (.150) with a double and two RBIs in five games since returning from a more than two-month stint on the disabled list last Friday. It seemed unlikely he would catch a third consecutive day anyway, and there is no designated hitter in National League parks.
Nishioka is 4-for-20 (.200) with two doubles and two RBIs since he returned from a fractured fibula last Thursday. Matt Tolbert got the start in his place at shortstop, while Rene Rivera started in place of Mauer.