Joe Mauer 'sore,' out of lineup again for series opener at Tampa Bay
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Joe Mauer is banged up -- and out of the Minnesota Twins' lineup again on Thursday.
Manager Ron Gardenhire told reporters only that Mauer was "sore" and declined to elaborate, other than saying the All-Star catcher would have been in the lineup for the Twins' series opener at Tampa Bay if he felt better and will be re-evaluated on Friday.
Mauer also sat out Wednesday's loss to Kansas City, but it was believed that was simply a product of the schedule, with a day game following a night game.
The 27-year-old missed a large chunk of spring training while recovering from offseason knee surgery. Mauer is hitting a relatively pedestrian .235 (8-for-34) this season with one double and four RBIs, but this is the first time he has sat out for anything other than scheduled rest.