Live from Florida, Day 27: Waiting on Joe Mauer
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FORT MYERS, Fla. -- A rundown of the news, notes and quotes from Tuesday at Minnesota Twins spring training:
7: The number of walks OF Jason Repko has drawn this spring. He only has six hits in 31 at-bats (.194), but the seven walks have boosted his on-base percentage to .359.
13: Spring-training games remaining until the Twins head to Atlanta for a two-game exhibition series with the Braves on March 29.
• C Joe Mauer (knee) could see his first spring-training action as a designated hitter on Wednesday. He has made significant progress over the past 10 days, including catching bullpens for the first time since surgery. The Twins and Mauer are all optimistic that two weeks worth of at-bats is enough to ramp up for the regular season. The true test will come behind the plate, where Mauer will need to prove he's ready to catch back-to-back games on a regular basis. The Twins already have two designated hitters in Jim Thome and Jason Kubel.
• OF Michael Cuddyer (foot) has been taking batting practice since Saturday, and manager Ron Gardenhire said the outfielder is likely to see some at-bats in minor-league games sometime in the near future.
The Twins host the Mets at Hammond Stadium on Wednesday. LHP Brian Duensing is scheduled to face RHP Mike Pelfrey.