Joe Mauer will stay on the seven-day concussion disabled list
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Mauer last played on Aug. 19 versus the Mets and was eligible to return from the disabled list Tuesday. He's currently one of five on the seven-day concussion disabled list. (The others are Yorvit Torrealba, Max Stassi, Carlos Corporan, and John Jaso.)
"He came in today," Gardenhire said. "He feels pretty decent. He's had some rough days at home. Seeing a lot of people walking around and all those things still bother him a little bit. He's getting better. It's just going to take time."
Gardenhire said that he met with Mauer the morning before the first game missed. In the meeting, the two discussed Mauer playing first rather than catching.
"He came to my office early in the day, and we talked about not catching. He said his forehead was a little sore. But then when he got out there in batting practice, it wasn't good at all [taking groundballs at first base]. Joe normally doesn't miss too many groundballs out there; he was missing just about everything."
"You could see he was a little loopy, so we went downstairs and sat down. When I walked down there, the trainer was talking to him and we could definitely tell something was wrong."
That's when they decided to put Mauer on the seven-day DL
The team is not considering shutting down Mauer for the remainder of the season, Ryan said. That's still a possibility, of course, because there's only about a month left in the season.
Ryan was also dismissive of the idea that the club's spot in the standings -- right around a 90-loss pace -- would dictate how Mauer is handled in the season's closing weeks.